September 7, 2001

England to tour India without security manager


England will tour India in November without a security manager, contrary to advice from the sport's ruling body on how to counter corruption.

Sir Paul Condon, head of the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit, recommended in April that all Test-playing countries appoint someone to advise on the security of players, officials and venues. That person's job would include preventing and detecting improper approaches to players on tour, and liaising with the ACU.

"At the moment we are not planning to appoint a security manager before the India tour," ECB spokesman Andrew Walpole said. "Our management staff for the tour has been named and is unlikely to change."

India has been a hotbed of cricket corruption in recent years. The Board of Control for Cricket in India handed out two life bans for match-fixing and two five-year bans in November, while former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje's life ban stemmed from links with Indian bookmakers.

India will appoint a security manager after its Annual General Meeting at the end of this month, in time for the tour of South Africa in October.

"We think it is very important," said A.C. Muttiah, president of the BCCI.

The ICC meets next month in Lahore, Pakistan, where it will set time-scales to implement its recommendations such as the one on security managers.

"Urgency is needed," ICC spokesman Mark Harrison said.