Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced the appointment of Y P Singh as the new Head of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).
Yogendra Pal Singh, 55, takes over from Ravi Sawani, who is retiring from the full-time post after holding it since November 2007. Mr Sawani will remain involved with the ACSU as a consultant so that his extensive knowledge and experience will be available to the ICC.
Mr Singh, from New Delhi in India, comes to the role with outstanding credentials, having served for 30 years in the Indian Police Service including several years with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
In the latter organisation, as joint-director in charge of anti-corruption, he was involved in the investigation of corrupt practices, particularly in Mumbai and New Delhi. Alongside the Chairman of the ACSU, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, Mr Singh will lead the work of the ACSU to ensure the game of cricket remains on top of the issues of corruption and security within the sport.
Commenting on the retirement of Mr Sawani and the appointment of Mr Singh, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said: “First of all I would like to pay tribute to the work of Ravi Sawani. He has been outstanding in the role and instrumental in ensuring the ICC has retained a zero-tolerance approach and is at the forefront of fighting corruption in sport. We are fortunate to have a person of YP’s outstanding credentials and experience to take over and I am sure he will continue the good work of ACSU.
“As recent events have shown, the menace of corruption in sport is real but with the measures we have established over the years the public can be confident that we will make certain the integrity of the sport is maintained.
“We must, however, remain vigilant and YP will bring with him a fresh outlook to the continuing challenges that lie ahead. I am delighted with his appointment and I am sure his presence will help our leadership status and provide a model for other sports in the fight against corruption.”
Among Mr Singh’s other professional accomplishments, he spent five years from 2002 until 2006 as the Inspector General of Police at the Police Academy and of the Provincial Armed Constabulary in Moradabad and previously he was Deputy Inspector General of Police at the CBI from 1998 to 2002.