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ICC persuading governments to make fixing a criminal offence

The International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO Dave Richardson on Wednesday revealed that they are constantly persuading governments to make fixing a criminal offence.

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The ICC high official said this in the wake of “serious” corruption allegations that has hit the sport in Sri Lanka. Three Sri Lankan cricketers including Sanath Jayasuriya and Nuwan Zoysa have been charged recently under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

With the gentleman’s game facing an ever increasing threat of corruption, Richardson believes ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has gone on an overdrive to curb the menace.

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“Most of our efforts now are on disrupting the criminals and this means persuading governments to introduce legislation that can make attempts to fix cricket matches a criminal offence, so that those types of people are put behind bars,” he said.

“The ACU is trying to be much more pro-active. First of all, in disrupting these criminals who are travelling the world trying to corrupt the game.

“We are also getting much better intelligence on who these people are and we have been able to do that only because more players are reporting the approaches to us,” the ICC boss added.

Sri Lanka all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige, who was found to be assocoiated with match fixing during the T10 League in UAE last year, has been suspended by the ICC most recently.

Richardon also talked about the possibility of cricket being seen as a category in the 2028 Olympics. He revealed that barring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), all 103 members of the ICC were strongly behind the decision to get cricket into the Olympics.

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