ICC to join hands with Interpol to fight corruption
International Cricket Council (ICC) has approached Interpol for, in their terms, ‘closer working relations’ as part of its ongoing efforts to fight corruption in the game, the game’s governing body said on Wednesday.
The sought for cooperation was discussed during ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manger, Alex Marshall’s visit the Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France.
Marshall, in a press release, said,
“The ICC and Interpol are keen on working together and our meetings in Lyon last week were productive. The ICC has an excellent relationship with law enforcement agencies in a number of countries but working with Interpol means we are connecting with their 194 members.”
“Our focus is on education of players and prevention and disruption of corruptors. Where our enquiries reveal criminal offences have been committed, we will refer this to the relevant law enforcement organizations and this makes Interpol an important partner for us,” the statement further said.
In recent years, the game of cricket has gone through an array of corruption cases.
Assistant Director of Interpol’s Criminal Networks Unit, Jose de Gracia, “Sport brings people together, but criminals looking to make large profits can undermine its integrity. Our meetings and cooperation with partners such as the ICC help us shape a collaborative, holistic response.”
Popular television channel Al Jazeera aired an investigative documentary last year where it had said that they have had evidence of “corruption at the highest levels of cricket”. The broadcaster had also said they talked with Interpol about its findings.
Earlier this year, the ICC had granted Sri Lankan cricketers a 15 day amnesty to report previously undisclosed information relating to corruption in the sport.