ICC stance on Tillakaratne surprises Mani

Updated: May 07, 2011, 09:27 AM IST

Karachi: The former ICC president Ehsan Mani has expressed his surprise over the response of the ICC and its anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) over the allegations made by former Sri Lankan captain, Hashan Tillekeratne about fixing taking place in the Lankan team since 1992.

Mani said he was a bit surprised at the way the ICC had maintained silence on the issue.

Mani, who led the ICC from 2003 to 2006, questioned the role of the governing body in the matter.

"Tillakaratne`s statement is serious and the ICC should react accordingly. It should clear its stance on such matters. Their silence will not serve in its efforts to curb
corruption. They should play on the front-foot on this matter and their policy to keep mum is beyond my comprehension."

Following his claims, Tillakaratne offered to reveal names of those involved in match-fixing to the ICC and Mani felt that the body?s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ASCU) should avail the opportunity straight away.

"If the ASCU has not contacted Tillakaratne yet, it should not delay in acquiring information from him. You never know from where you can get credible information that can help in controlling the menace."

However, the ICC has remained tightlipped on the matter and refused to share details of its acitivity.

"The ICC does not comment on ASCU`s issues," ICC`s Head of Media and Communication said.

Mani also backed the suggestion by former Pakistan captain, Imran Khan to the ICC to keep a close watch on the assets and accounts of players in a bid to curb the menace of spot fixing.

"It`s a good suggestion and I feel that the players should voluntarily give details of their accounts," he said while recalling that the ICC once made an unsuccessful effort to keep check on players` accounts.

"In 2000, many West Indies players were found involved in a fixing scam after which the ICC decided to keep a check on their accounts. But the players moved court which ruled it a violation of human rights," Mani added.

"Pakistan cricket has also suffered because they shut their education programmes started under Tauqir Zia."