In­tegrity unit set up at CA

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

CRICKET Aus­tralia has fol­lowed the lead of the coun­try’s other ma­jor sport­ing codes by es­tab­lish­ing its own spe­cialised in­tegrity unit.

The threat posed to in­ter­na­tional cricket by match- fix­ing has only grown more se­ri­ous, and an in­de­pen­dent in­tegrity re­view car­ried out by for­mer AFL ex­ec­u­tive Adrian An­der­son rec­om­mended CA get on the front foot in pro­tect­ing the game.

The in­tegrity unit will be headed by CA’s se­nior le­gal coun­sel, Iain Roy, and will also at­tempt to safe­guard cricket from dop­ing of­fences, il­licit sub­stance abuse and other ac­tiv­i­ties that could un­der­mine the sport’s im­age.

An­der­son’s re­view was ini­ti­ated be­fore Fe­bru­ary’s Aus­tralian Crime Com­mis­sion re­port into or­gan­ised crime and drugs in sport. How­ever, that bomb­shell em­pha­sised the need to get cricket’s house in or­der.

Pre­vi­ously, sev­eral de­part­ments at CA over­saw in­tegrity is­sues but the re­view has rec­om­mended a sin­gle busi­ness unit be given re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Roy has ex­pe­ri­ence deal­ing with in­tegrity is­sues at CA and will take over as se­nior man­ager — in­tegrity, re­port­ing to chief ex­ec­u­tive James Suther­land and gen­eral man­ager of le­gal and busi­ness af­fairs Dean Kino.

Un­der­neath him will be a team that in­cludes an anti-cor­rup­tion and se­cu­rity man­ager, an an­ti­dop­ing med­i­cal of­fi­cer and an ed­u­ca­tion man­ager.

Suther­land said the in­tegrity unit would help CA im­prove the well­be­ing of the game and its play­ers.

‘‘While there are no sug­ges­tions that any Aus­tralian play­ers, of­fi­cials or ad­min­is­tra­tors are in­volved in cor­rupt or il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, the threat of that be­hav­iour im­pact­ing the in­tegrity of our game in some way is very real and we have to be vig­i­lant in our ap­proach to man­ag­ing it,’’ he said.

‘‘ By cre­at­ing a stand­alone depart­ment ded­i­cated to man­ag­ing the in­tegrity of the game, . . . we are well placed in the fight against cor­rup­tion, dop­ing and other il­le­gal and harm­ful prac­tices, en­sur­ing it does not jeop­ar­dise the game’s unique place in Aus­tralian cul­ture.’’

Pic­ture: PHIL HILL­YARD

Chris Rogers dives for a spec­tac­u­lar catch to dis­miss Tim Bres­nan dur­ing the fi­nal day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA in Perth on Tues­day

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