ICC news June 25, 2012

SLC asked to implement anti-corruption code before SLPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

The ICC's chief executives' committee has instructed Sri Lanka Cricket and the Bangladesh Cricket Board to incorporate and implement anti-corruption codes for domestic cricket in line with the ICC's international code. In the SLC's case, it must comply with the rules before the Sri Lanka Premier League in August this year.

In October 2010, the ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat had asked all ICC members to adopt a domestic anti-corruption code. This followed the spot-fixing controversy in June 2010 during a Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord's. The PCB revised the code of conduct for its players later that same year, with a strong emphasis on anti-corruption. Cricket Australia, the ECB and the BCCI have taken steps to establish their own anti-corruption units to monitor domestic cricket in their respective countries.

An ICC release said: "At the meeting, the CEC, after hearing that neither the BCB nor SLC have incorporated domestic anti-corruption codes, recommended that the ICC Board instruct these Boards to implement codes forthwith and, in the case of SLC, certainly before the start of the Sri Lanka Premier League Twenty20."

The cricket committee also asked the BCB to deliver a "comprehensive report" about allegations of corruption during the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League. Prior to the tournament, the former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who led the Dhaka Gladiators team, reported he'd been approached over spot-fixing. A Pakistani citizen, Sajid Khan, was arrested during the tournament, following a game between Chittagong Kings and Barisal Burners in Mirpur, in relation to match-fixing claims. The Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), the players' lobby in England, subsequently expressed concern over the organisation of the league.

The cricket committee stated it "considered the importance" of having a uniform set of anti-corruption regulations across all Full Member countries to avoid inconsistency and any "potential jurisdictional loopholes".

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  • Sinha on June 27, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    The SLC of all boards was asked to implement an anti-corruption code? This article belongs in Page 2! :)

  • Charindra on June 26, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    An Anti Corruption Code is needed for the players, but first it must be implemented for SLC. No bookmaker can tarnish SL cricket's reputation as the SLC has done.

  • Rusty on June 26, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    What corruption ? We have not heard of it in Sri Lanka...!!!!.

  • Lalith on June 25, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    When can SL cricket board get out of political influence?

  • yas on June 25, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    HAHAHAH! NO cookie for you!!! :P

  • Dill on June 25, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    so close to being the first comment... :(

  • Luke on June 25, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Herein lies the problem with match-fixing. Not only are the sub-continent countries (where the problem is prevalent) indifferent to the issue, but the lack of funding and the small amount of funds they have avilable mean they are unable to enforce the rules. Sri Lanka is in piles and piles of debt following the World Cup. Bangladesh just don't get the revenues from their cricket. And India care only about the profit margins. Let's face it, the recent corruption scandals have hardly affected the game's marketability has it? There is no absence of sponsors, advertising and so forth, hence there is no need to enforce the corruption laws.

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