Former Aussie Cricket Captain Slams ICC, Boards For Doing Little Against Corruption
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has slammed the Int'l Cricket Council and the cricket boards for their "weak leadership" while dealing with corruption in the game and said that "they need to do more to stamp out the menace," according to the PTI. Delivering a keynote address at the ESPNcricinfo at 20 event in Brisbane, Chappell said so far only "soft targets" have got the punishment for corruption from cricket administrators. Chappell: "I would like cricket administrators to get back to where priority number one is ... I think now the most important issue for cricket administration is corruption. I can't think of anything other than corruption that can bring this game down." Chappell called for a zero-tolerance approach to fixing from the game's administrators, "including bans for players suspected of corruption, regardless of whether such suspicions would hold up in court." Chappell: "I think if cricket is going to rely on prosecuting these guys in court, you're going to catch about one every hundred years. It's damn near impossible." Chappell said that "the only way for the game to deal with corruption and its other problems was through strong, impartial leadership at ICC level and through the national boards." But, he said that the game's administrators "had shown themselves to be too weak and self-interested to look beyond the bottom line of profit" (PTI, 11/19).