Player`s identity will not be revealed: Lorgat

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 22:17 PM IST

Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday termed as irresponsible, damaging and untrue the allegation that it would reveal the identity of a player who contacts its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit.

ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat had said a few days ago that it was considering a plan to use undercover agents posing as bookies to test player honesty.

But the proposal didn`t go down well with the Australian and England Cricketers` Associations, who cast doubts on the viability of such a plan.

"The International Cricket Council rejects accusations that it has ever or would ever reveal the identity of a player or anyone else who contacts the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) with information," ICC said in a release.

"Inaccurate comments made in the past few days have falsely claimed that the ICC could leak such information into the public domain. This is an irresponsible, damaging and entirely untrue allegation.”

"The ICC (and its ACSU) treats all information it receives with the utmost confidentiality and has never revealed details of informants. It is the stated policy of the ICC not to discuss the specific activities of the ACSU, including revealing the names of players or support personnel who report suspicious activities," it added.

Lorgat also assured that players who pass on the information will be safe and their identity will be kept confidential.

"Players who pass on information to the ACSU can be fully confident that their identities will never be revealed by the unit or anyone else within the ICC," Lorgat said.

The world cricket was rocked by a spot-fixing scandal recently after a British tabloid revealed the involvement of three Pakistani players -- Test skipper Salman Butt, pacer duo of Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir -- in the cash-for-no-ball scam.

The trio was suspended provisionally by the ICC.