Johannesburg: ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat says he would be at "a loss of words" if the `spot-fixing` allegations against three Pakistani cricketers turn out to be true but rejected criticism that the scandal has highlighted the world body`s failure to deal with corruption in the game.
Speaking at the Cape Town International Airport after a brief return to the country in the middle of a `spot-fixing` scandal that has rocked world cricket, Lorgat said players have to help in preventing such cases.
"We have identified corrupt individuals and advised players to stay away from them. We need cooperation from the players. They must listen to us and also have discipline," Lorgat said late last night.
"We have a lot of measures in place. These measures work by and large. There have been many approaches (to players) reported and followed up," he said.
Lorgat said it was not the job of ICC to stop betting and it can only ask the players and officials to stay away from that.
"Betting activities will continue, our concern is if players and match officials are involved. Whatever happens outside the game is not our interest, but we will do anything possible to keep it out of the game," he said.
Lorgat suggested that there was no evidence to prove that the Sydney Test between Australia and Pakistan early this year, which alleged bookie Mazhar Majeed said had been rigged.
"You must be wary because it was a very dysfunctional (Pakistan) team touring there, and you need evidence before you can prove allegations," Lorgat said.
Asked if life bans for cricketers guilty of fixing matches would be a suitable deterrent, Lorgat said the ICC "will adopt a zero tolerance approach to people found guilty (of spot-fixing or match-fixing)".
"The responsibility is on us to rebuild confidence in the game. We must implement additional measures if needed, but rest assured the ICC will do everything in its power to ensure that confidence is rebuilt," he said.