The International Cricket Council and worldwide police cooperation Interpol will collaborate to combat corruption in cricket.
The ICC and Interpol will exchange information about global organised crime networks in an attempt to expose fraud in the game.
‘The ICC has an excellent relationship with law enforcement agencies in a number of countries, but working with Interpol means we are connecting to their 194 members,’ said ICC anti-corruption unit general manager Alex Marshall after a meeting with Interpol officials in France.
‘Our focus is on the education of players and prevention and disruption of corruptors. Where our enquiries reveal criminal offences have been committed, we will refer this to the relevant law enforcement organisations, and this makes Interpol an important partner for us.’
Assistant director of Interpol’s criminal networks unit, José de Gracia, added: ‘Sport brings people together, but criminals looking to make large profits can undermine its integrity. Our meetings and cooperation with partners such as the ICC help us shape a collaborative, holistic response.’
The collaboration arrives during a particularly busy year, including the ongoing Indian Premier League, World Cup and Ashes series in the United Kingdom later this year.
Marshall formally rejected allegations of corruption during the Ashes series in late 2017, when a report in The Sun alleged match-fixing during the third Test between Australia and England in Perth.
‘From my initial assessment of the material, there is no evidence, either from The Sun or via our own intelligence, to suggest the current Test match has been corrupted. At this stage of the investigation, there is no indication that any players in this Test have been in contact with the alleged fixers,’ Marshall said at the time.
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