16th November 2016

ICC may seek access to player communication devices

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) is to discuss the possibility of confiscating and examining the communications devices of players suspected of match-fixing. “Seeking the ability to take the devices and download them to see what communications had been made upon them, like tennis does already, is something I would only contemplate after getting the board’s approval and after consultation with the players unions”, said Sir Ronnie Flanagan (pictured), Chairman of the ACU, at the World Rugby ConfEx. “We are constantly exploring how they attempt to communicate with players – including the use of various social media networks, WhatsApp, Snapchat and the dark web – and we have to keep ahead of these things”.

Flanagan told The Guardian that he has already had discussions with ICC members about his plan, which will be put to the ICC board in early 2017. Last September, at a ACU workshop entitled Keep Cricket Clean, Flanagan said that he was formalising information sharing agreements with the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), as well as investigative authorities in India and South Africa.

Last week, Great Britain’s Gambling Commission launched a consultation on extending the number of bodies with which it can share information on betting in sport. Cricket South Africa (CSA) recently charged former Test cricketer Alviro Petersen with a number of breaches of its Anti-Corruption Code (ACC). Petersen denies any involvement with match-fixing, claiming that he was in contact with investigators and was playing along in order not to alert other players that an investigation was taking place.

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