MCC`s World Cricket Committee calls for appointment of new ICC supreme

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 14:07

London: The appointment of a new International Cricket Council (ICC) supremo has been called by the MCC`s World Cricket Committee to lead the fight against match-fixing with the panel recommending creating a permanent role at the head of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

The committee said in a statement that a full-time appointment would go a long way to improve effectiveness across the globe to reduce corruption.

The committee, which comprises of former international cricketers, called for the ICC member nations to work together in order to address match-fixing, including compiling a shared database of all illegal approaches reported by players, The BBC reported.

Running out the non-striker, as Sri Lanka did against England in the recent ODI series, has also been ruled unanimously by the panel as not illegal and not contravening the `Spirit of Cricket`.

Among the other recommendations made by the committee at their biannual meeting at Lord`s, they also recommended that the regulations on bat sizes should remain unchanged as well as the ICC should continue to crack down on illegal bowling actions.

The committee also recommended that the inequality of the tournament revenues paid to ICC member nations, with England , Australia and India set to receive a larger proportion from 2016, is a matter of concern.

They also recommended that the ICC should state its long-term vision for the good of the game, with the body`s current Strategic Plan due to expire in 2015.

The committee`s recommendations come as the ACSU is currently undergoing review by the ICC, the report said.

The committee said that the threat of corruption is constant in the game, particularly so in domestic televised cricket, and it is believed that approaches to players are still being attempted.

The committee added that the appointment of a full-time leader would ensure that the ACSU is better positioned to communicate more effectively the work and successes of the unit.

ANI
First Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 14:07

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