ICC To Tap Australia, New Zealand Police To Fight 2015 World Cup Corruption
The Int'l Cricket Council "will strike agreements with law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand to guard against corruption blighting the 2015 World Cup," according to Ian Ransom of REUTERS. The 2015 World Cup, to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, "is likely to generate huge global betting interest, raising fears that players might be targeted by rogue bookmakers with the promise of big pay-offs for cheating." ICC CEO David Richardson said that the global governing body "would work more closely with police in the co-host countries than in previous World Cups." Richardson said, "Previously, we always had anti-corruption unit people there observing, educating and just keeping an eye on things." He added, "What's different slightly for this event is that we'll be entering into agreements with local police, law enforcement agencies to make sure they can help us in just, basically, building up the intelligence and making sure we can keep track on all the guys around the world who are trying to influence and may try to corrupt players getting involved" (REUTERS, 7/30).