Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The International Cricket Council (ICC) enhanced the role of its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) after reviewing the recommendations of an Integrity Working Party, convened last year, at its 26 June annual conference in Barbados. It agreed that:
• The ACU should be the central focal point or all anti-corruption activities in international and domestic cricket;
• The ACU will have ‘enhanced intelligence capabilities’;
• There is a need for greater coordination between the ACU and national anti-corruption bodies;
• The ACU will be accountable for international cricket and will also serve as the central coordinator for multi-jurisdictional cases;
• Emphasis on a programme that encompasses prevention, disruption, investigation and prosecution, in that order of priority;
• A requirement for all Full Members and Associate Members with ODI and T20I status to review their anti-corruption resources and adopt an anti-corruption code which includes the core principles contained in the ICC’s domestic template code within six months;
• A requirement for all ICC Full Member countries and Associate Members with ODI and T20I status to review their anti-corruption resources to ensure they effectively protect domestic cricket;
• An international panel to be established from which the Members may, and the ICC will, draw their anti-corruption tribunals;
• The adoption of revised ‘standard operating procedures’ (SOPs) based on those formulated for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015;
• A thorough review of all training materials used for prevention, education and awareness to ensure that there is a consistency of message imparted, the most suitable and up to date techniques are used (such as video clips, scenarios and participative exercises) and records are retained of all those in receipt of training;
• The ICC and its Members to take active steps to lobby for the criminalisation of match fixing in sport in all Member countries and strengthen relationships with other anti-corruption stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies and betting monitoring companies.
The ICC’s annual conference also elected to suspend the USA Cricket Association (USACA), after a Review Group expressed “significant concerns about the governance, finance, reputation and cricketing activities of USACA”. The suspension means that USACA will not receive ICC funding, and only the ICC will be able to take a decision on whether events receive ‘official cricket’ status, under Section 32.2 of the ICC Operating Manual. However, the ICC will allow the USA cricket team to compete at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Ireland and Scotland, and the USA U19 team to compete in the Americas U19 Championship in Bermuda.
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