Spot-fixing controversy

ICC begins review of anti-corruption measures

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 14, 2010

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The ICC has begun a review of the existing anti-corruption measures in the wake of the spot-fixing allegations and is looking at the possibility of engaging with national governments on regulating betting and the system of players' agents.

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, said the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) can't stand still and must respond to recent events to ensure the sport is cleaned up.

"The chief executive committee has wisely recommended a thorough review of all our procedures and protocols and that is something which is already underway," he said. "I am especially keen to engage with governments to consider the regulation of betting and also to consider the accreditation of player representatives or agents.

"It is not enough that the ICC is regarded by other sporting organisations as a leader in the battle against corruption in sport. We must continue to assess and, where necessary, improve our processes. The recent allegations have reminded everyone of the need to remain vigilant and to ensure public confidence in our sport."

The final Test of England's series against Pakistan at Lord's was marred by revelations in the News of the World of alleged spot-fixing involving three Pakistan players and since then further allegations have circulated in the media with news that Dilhara Fernando, the Sri Lankan quick bowler, reported a suspicious approach from a bookmaker to the Sri Lanka team management.

Since the first stories involving Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir broke late last month other players have since been linked with spot-fixing allegations and Lorgat was critical of some of the media coverage in recent weeks.

"It is important for the media to be responsible when reporting on matters of corruption in our sport," he said. "The reputation and safety of a player is also paramount and to suggest anything untoward without any substantiation or firm evidence is irresponsible and most unfair on a player."

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