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ICC wants anti-corruption code applied to domestic game

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat announced the new measures

The International Cricket Council has ordered all of its full members to introduce an anti-corruption code into domestic competitions by 1 April.

The ICC hopes the measure will help stamp out match-fixing and spot-fixing.

"We will do everything to protect the integrity of our great sport," said ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

Pakistan trio Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were the subject of an investigation into spot-fixing by the News of the World this year.

The ICC wants the entire professional game to work under effectively the same code, with the new measures mirroring the guidelines used by the ICC at international level.

"It would be of great benefit to all stakeholders within the game for all ICC members to adopt a domestic anti-corruption code and a template will immediately be sent to all full members," Lorgat added.


"ICC has zero tolerance towards corruption and we will do everything we can to protect the integrity of our great sport. All members have a responsibility to demonstrate leadership and good practice in protecting the integrity of the sport at domestic and international level."

Pakistani wicket keeper Zulqarnain Haider retired from international cricket this month after receiving death threats for refusing to fix matches against South Africa.

Haider claimed he had been approached in Dubai by a person who asked him to fix the fourth and fifth one-day games against South Africa.

The sport's global governing body praised the work of the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Pakistan Task Team, who over recent weeks have set up an integrity committee and appointed an integrity officer in the wake of charges being brought under the anti-corruption code against Butt, Asif and Amir.

But doubts remain over the ICC's ability to keep a lid on corruption within the sport, with international players union chief Tim May claiming only this month that cricketers shy away from reporting corruption because they do not trust the authorities.

May said he admired Haider's "courage" but claimed "some players fear that the confidential nature of them reporting it [corruption] will be breached."

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