ICC To Submit Stronger Anti-Corruption Code For Approval At January Meeting
The Int'l Cricket Council on Saturday "decided that a revised version of a more robust and strengthened ICC Anti-Corruption Code will be submitted for approval" at the January meeting in London, according to the PTI. In its two-day meeting, the ICC Board received an update on the investigations into the Bangladesh Premier League 2013 "in which the world body charged nine individuals with various offences." The ICC Development Int'l "also approved the schedule" of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2014 that will be staged in the UAE from Feb. 14-March 1. India was represented by BCCI President N. Srinivasan, "for whom it was his first ICC meeting since taking charge." Meanwhile, following on from Afghanistan's qualification for the Cricket World Cup, the IDI Board "approved a recommendation to increase the assistance provided to Afghanistan cricket through the Targeted Assistance Performance Programme" by $1.1M (PTI, 10/19). In London, Andy Wilson wrote "after all the fuss over the malfunctioning decision review system in the Ashes, and the farcical anticlimax to the series when bad light stopped play at The Oval, it appears that the rapid return in Australia will be played under almost identical conditions." There had been suggestions of Real Time Snicko being introduced as an additional aid after the ICC's board meeting in London, and England and Wales Cricket Board Chair Giles Clarke "had demanded in the immediate aftermath of the series at The Oval that the bad light regulations must be changed." But the only reference to either issue in the official statement released on Saturday after the meeting was that the board "noted the discussions [of the ICC's chief executives committee last month in Dubai] on a number of issues, including maintaining the current playing conditions for ODI cricket and bad light, and the Decision Review System (DRS)" (GUARDIAN, 10/19). The AFP reported Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Aamer's five-year match-fixing ban will be "reviewed" after a "revised" anti-corruption code has been adopted by the ICC. The ICC said in a statement, "The ICC board decided to review the matter in due course after the revised ICC anti-corruption code has been finalised and adopted" (AFP, 10/19).