There is no danger of World T20 being compromised: ICC
ICC chief executive David Richardson on Wednesdayassured that there is no danger of the World T20 being compromised but said all the participating nations will be under scrutiny during the ICC event.
“I want to assure you that all teams will be under scrutiny. All teams who are participating in this event will be under monitoring to ensure that they are isolated from any attempt to corrupt them or the results of the matches,” Richardson said during a press conference.
Ronnie Flanagan, who heads the game’s anti-corruption unit, had said on Sunday that his investigators were looking into allegations that “members of a particular team had intentions to manipulate events in forthcoming matches”.
However Richardson said: “So it is unfair to speculate about one team, all teams will be monitored and I want to assure you that there is no danger of this event being compromised.
“The comments made the other day referring to one team, may be, it was in the context to explain to people that we are aware about all these corrupt people who are swarming around the world, taking every opportunity to corrupt the players from many teams.
“He (Flanagan) cited the example of one particular team which we have become aware through reports from the players themselves about the approaches made to their team. So we were able to warn rest the teams that this chap is trying to corrupt you and that warning has come to all teams.”
Cricket’s governing body on Tuesday has warned that match-fixers are now targeting the game’s minnows. Hong Kong has been already rocked by a corruption scandal in the build-up to the event which has led to the suspension of their all-rounder Irfan Ahmed.