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Waugh: 'Be bold in corruption fight'

Steve Waugh has urged administrators to be bold in their efforts to stamp out corruption in cricket.

Waugh's comments come as MCC's World Cricket committee submitted an Anti-Corruption report to the ICC.

The report includes 11 clear recommendations which the WCC believes can contribute to supporting the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit's (ACSU) work to minimise corruption in the game.

Former Australia captain Waugh, who has lead the WCC's Anti-Corruption Working Party since its formation in December 2010, played an instrumental role in producing the report.

Waugh said: "Cricket’s administrators need to be bold in their actions and cannot be complacent in the fight against corruption."

One recommendation is that National Cricket Boards should follow the example set by the England & Wales Cricket Board in offering short-term amnesties to players or administrators who know of potential illegal activity.

"I have for some time advocated the idea of amnesties for players or officials so am particularly pleased to see the ECB’s stance on this issue.

"I now hope that ICC take on board what our committee – and what players around the world – are saying and we can stamp out corruption in the sport."


The release of the WCC Anti-Corruption report follows the WCC's first meeting of 2012 in Cape Town - where corruption was the main topic of discussion - as well as subsequent worldwide developments.

That meeting was the first under the chairmanship of former England captain Mike Brearley, who reiterated the WCC's support for all cricketing bodies fighting corruption.

"I am in no doubt that corruption is the biggest danger facing the game of cricket today," he said on release of the report.

"The publication of our report today shows, I believe, MCC’s unqualified support to all cricketing bodies that are determined to rid the sport of this stain.
“Following our recent meeting in Cape Town, and subsequent discussions within our group, I think the committee recognises that corruption will be defeated or kept to an absolute minimum only if the problem is owned by the players, and they feel that they are on the same side as the ACSU.

"It is crucial that the two groups are as open and cooperative with each other as possible.”

The MCC World Cricket committee recommendations are as follows:

Lifetime bans for any captain, vice-captain or coach found guilty of corruption

The removal of minimum sentences in the ICC’s anti-corruption code

Education materials and punishments at international level should be mirrored at domestic level. These materials should be enhanced, multi-lingual and presented in an engaging manner using different media

The ACSU should work closely with players to establish trust, and be transparent with its findings to show the cricketing world that its efforts to prevent corruption are working

Young, but established, international players, and their captains, should be promoted as ambassadors of the Spirit of Cricket and role models who pledge to educate and protect other young players

National Cricket Boards should follow the example of England and Wales Cricket Board in offering a short-term amnesty to any player or other person involved in cricket who, within the designated period, reports an approach or other suspicions or knowledge of illegal activity of a corrupt kind

Where not already in place, specific anti-corruption clauses should be included in players’, officials’, coaches’ and administrators’ contracts

Polygraphs should be voluntary and could be used as a method for players under suspicion to exonerate themselves

‘Mystery shopper’ operations should be considered, so long as they are directed at somebody already under suspicion and there is no entrapment

Relevant authorities should explore any unexplained wealth of suspected players and each governing body should hold a gift register for its players

The ACSU should have increased resources to be able to conduct more thorough investigations and analyse all domestic and international televised matches.

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