Sydney, Feb 7(ANI): The International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit needs to step up its efforts to tackle the menace of match fixing in the game just like the football authorities, who are constantly targeting corrupt elements in their game, according to senior sports journalist, Robert Craddock.
"As football chiefs confirmed super sleuths had uncovered hundreds of fixed matches, a provocative thought lingered. Any danger cricket might find one? That's right. Just one game or one villain. One offer or even one refusal," Craddock wrote in his column for News.com.au.
"That at least would be a start for the Inspector Plods of cricket's Anti-Corruption Unit who have been hunting for the big fish of international match-fixing for 12 years and so far caught a couple of soldier crabs," he added.
"Since they formed in 2000, the corruption unit has absorbed more than 50 million dollars in funding yet, at international level, has uncovered only two cheats in a game in which most people agree is still rife with match fixing," he further wrote.
"So far the ICC's haul is West Indian batsman Marlon Samuels and Kenyan captain Maurice Odumbe, simple men who made silly mistakes," he added.
Craddock further wrote: "In terms of weeding out criminals the ICC has been an abject failure and news broke this week that Europol, after a five-country probe, had identified 380 suspicious football matches targeted by a Singapore betting cartel, who were linked with players, referees and officials across the world and at all levels of the game."
"Football's stunning breakthrough is an embarrassment for cricket's corruption team who have always said their best efforts are undermined by the lack of police powers. They cannot tap phones or view private bank accounts," he added.
"Football is bleeding but in a way cleansed by this week's activities but cricket is still fumbling in the dark," he concluded. (ANI)