ICC to incorporate set of anti-corruption principles

London, June 29 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) Saturday decided to incorporate an enhanced set of principles that deals with anti-corruption matters that include a consistent framework for international and domestic anti-corruption rules, addresses the jurisdictional challenges and sets out principles to support mutual recognition of member board decisions or sanctions.

Reiterating its zero-tolerance approach to corruption, the annual conference of the game's global apex body concluded here with the ICC Board agreeing to strengthen the sport's approach to fighting the menace.

Ronnie Flanagan, Chairman of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) presented his annual report in a joint session that was attended by the ICC Board and the ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC).

The ICC Board was updated on the ongoing investigations by the ACSU in respect of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2013.

Further investigative work needed to be completed before any further action can be taken in this extremely important matter, said an ICC media release.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "The ICC has a zero-tolerance approach towards corruption and is committed to using all powers available to it to achieve and maintain the goal of a corruption-free sport.

"In the wake of recent events, the ICC and its Member Boards will further strengthen and tighten our Anti-Corruption Codes and other integrity regulations pertaining to international and domestic events and develop methods for better information sharing across jurisdictions.

"The ICC remains confident, but not complacent, that the vast majority of players, officials and administrators in international cricket uphold the best interests of the sport. But there continues to be a very small minority whose involvement with corrupt practices discredits themselves and their colleagues, and tarnishes the reputation of the sport itself," said Richardson.

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