Dubai, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed the review of its under-fire anti-corruption unit even as it strongly defended the watchdog's effectiveness in dealing with the menace of spot and match-fixing.

In the wake of reports claiming Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) will now be controlled by the sport's big three - India, England and Australia, the ICC confirmed the development without undermining the role that ACSU has performed since its inception in 2000.

"The International Cricket Council today confirmed that a review of the sport's collective approach in protecting against the threat of corruption, at both an international and domestic level, is to take place," said the ICC in a statement.

"This includes, but is by no means limited to a review of the functioning of its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and its inter-relationship with the domestic anti-corruption units set up by Member Boards in other countries," the statement clarified.

ICC CEO Dave Richardson said time was right to carry out the review with the threat of corruption looming large though ACSU had performed its duties well.

"The suggestion that the ACSU might be failing in its duty to protect the game is entirely misplaced and inaccurate," said Richardson.

"Despite not having the powers of a law enforcement agency, it continues to proactively investigate and disrupt corruption threats, as well as delivering education programs and building relationships with its domestic counterparts at Member Boards, law enforcement and other sports.

"Much of this work takes place away from the public eye, for obvious reasons, but it should not be ignored or in any way undervalued," said the former South Africa cricketer.

"However, it is important to emphasise that the review is only commencing - and therefore to draw any conclusions on the outcome of the review will be premature and detrimental to the working of such an important unit," added he.

"We are committed to putting in place the very best structures and personnel to protect the game, and there is nothing unusual about the commission of an internal review," he further said.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)