MCC committee calls for new anti-corruption czar

(BBC) The MCC’s World Cricket Committee has called for the appointment of a new International Cricket Council supremo to lead the fight against match-fixing.

The panel recommends creating a permanent role at the head of the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

“A full-time appointment will go a long way to improve effectiveness across the globe to reduce corruption,” the committee said in a statement.

The committee, made up of former international cricketers, called for ICC member nations to work together to address match-fixing, including compiling a shared database of all illegal approaches reported by players.

The panel also ruled unanimously that running out the non-striker – as Sri Lanka did against England in the recent one-day international series – is not illegal and does not contravene the ‘Spirit of Cricket’.

England captain Alastair Cook called spinner Sachithra Senanayake’s run-out of Jos Buttler “a pretty poor act”, but the committee defended the unusual mode of dismissal.

“If the non-striker is out of his ground earlier than allowed, then he can have no complaints should he be dismissed in this manner,” the committee said.

Among the other recommendations made by the committee at their biannual meeting at Lord’s were:

* Regulations on bat sizes should remain unchanged

* The ICC should continue to crack down on illegal bowling actions, following the recent banning of Senanayake

* The inequality of the tournament revenues paid to ICC member nations (with England, Australia and India set to receive a larger proportion from 2016) is a matter of concern

* The ICC should state its long-term vision for the good of the game, with the body’s current Strategic Plan due to expire in 2015

The committee, which includes former England captains Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan, meets to discuss the prevalent issues in the game.

It is funded and administered by the MCC, but operates as an independent body.


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