ICC in­sist they have learnt from McCul­lum case

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LON­DON—The In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil said Tues­day they had im­proved their pro­ce­dures for han­dling ev­i­dence of match-fix­ing af­ter com­ing un­der fire from Bren­don McCul­lum.

The for­mer New Zealand cap­tain, de­liv­er­ing the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cow­drey Lec­ture at Lord’s on Mon­day, re­called his anger that the ev­i­dence he gave against his old in­ter­na­tional team-mate Chris Cairns in a match-fix­ing court case in Lon­don last year was leaked prior to trial.

“How can the game’s gov­ern­ing body ex­pect play­ers to co­op­er­ate with it when it is then re­spon­si­ble for leak­ing con­fi­den­tial state­ments to the me­dia?” McCul­lum, now play­ing for Lord’s-based Mid­dle­sex in English cricket’s do­mes­tic Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion, said Mon­day.

The le­gal case ended with Cairns found not guilty and McCul­lum said he should have been given more warn­ing from the out­set of first giv­ing ev­i­dence to the ICC in 2011 that he could be called as a wit­ness in a court ac­tion.

“I think play­ers de­serve bet­ter from the ICC and that, in the fu­ture, the ev­i­dence gath­er­ing ex­er­cise has to be much more thor­ough, more pro­fes­sional.

“In my opin­ion a per­son tak­ing a state­ment should en­sure that the wit­ness is ad­vised about what may oc­cur.”

Re­spond­ing to McCul­lum’s ad­dress the ICC ac­knowl­edged his stance but in­sisted they had not been the source of the leak. - ‘Dis­may’ “The ICC com­mended Bren­don McCul­lum two years ago—and con­tin­ues to do so to­day—for his brave, coura­geous and prin­ci­pled stand against cor­rup­tion in cricket,” the global gov­ern­ing body said in a state­ment.

“The ICC also un­der­stood and shared his dis­may at the leak of his con­fi­den­tial state­ment, which prompted a thor­ough and de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the ICC.

“Nev­er­the­less, the ICC has al­ready put strong mea­sures in place to en­sure this type of in­ci­dent is never re­peated.”

The state­ment added: “In 2014 (and un­re­lated to the leak of con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion), a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of the ICC Anti-Cor­rup­tion Unit was car­ried out to re­view its pro­cesses, func­tions and re­sources. The re­view was con­ducted by the ICC’s In­tegrity Work­ing Party (IWP), which in­cluded in­de­pen­dent cor­rup­tion ex­perts.—AFP

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