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ICC Chief Executive David Richardson believes that “there has been no stone left unturned” as preparations continue ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Dave Richardson, who represented South Africa in 1992 World Cup, said
Dave Richardson said the ICC is the best prepared against corruption and their anti-corruption unit has done a lot of work in spreading the awareness by entering into many agreements with various associations across Australia, New Zealand and across the world.
“On the corruption side, it’s safe to say we’re the best prepared we’ve ever been. Our Anti-Corruption personnel have done a lot of work in entering into agreements, associations and arrangements with the local police and law enforcement agencies in both New Zealand and Australia.
Richardson also said that ICC’s intelligence and information bureaus have worked really hard in the last 24 months or so to crack down on the bookies and all those who are trying to corrupt the fame. Richardson also said it will very difficult for anybody to even attempt to try and corrupt players.
“As the years have gone by,” he continued, “Our intelligence and information on who these corruptors are, and who may try and fix matches around the world, has grown. We know exactly where these people are and we have got a list of more than a hundred names that we will be passing on to these law enforcement agencies. It will be very difficult for anybody outside of the game to come and even attempt to try and corrupt players, umpires or anybody involved in the World Cup, to try and fix a match.
Richardson also said the New Zealand and Australia governments have introduced specific legislation which makes fixing matches a criminal offences.
“In addition, the New Zealand and Australia governments have introduced specific legislation which makes attempting to fix, or fixing matches, a criminal offence. This enables, not only us (ICC ACSU) but the police themselves to take much more specific and direct action against these people who are trying to corrupt the game,” Richardson said.
By The Cricket Lounge