20th July 2018

ICC to set minimum anti-corruption standards for T20 cricket

The International Cricket Council (ICC) plans to set minimum anti-corruption standards for Twenty20 (T20) cricket, it revealed in its Annual Report (PDF below). The ICC stressed that the growth of Twenty20 cricket represented a significant challenge. ‘Going forward, it is intended to set minimum standards in anti-corruption to cover all the new T20 events across the world because it is not possible to police every one of these matches in person’, it wrote.

It added that T20 leagues ranged from well managed to those organised entirely for the purposes of corruption. ‘The most obvious example of the latter is the Ajman All Stars event, which took place in the UAE in early 2018’, wrote the ICC. ‘The ACU [ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit] declared this unsanctioned event to be corrupt within a few days’.

ICC doping sanctions in 2017/18

The ICC also reported increases in anti-corruption investigations and anti-doping tests during the 2017/18 financial year. It said that its ACU conducted 18 investigations during the year, five of which were concluded with charges levied in four cases. The ICC said that there were five ‘disruptions’, where individuals not involved in cricket had their activities disrupted, and 13 investigations are ongoing. 

The ICC also reported 1,146 urine and blood tests carried out on cricketers during the 2017 calendar year, a 15% increase over the number of tests carried out in 2016. During the 2017/18 year, its intelligence-led testing programme comprised 404 urine and blood tests across 30 teams, 60% of which were conducted out of competition. 

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