ICC to change rules to integrate banned players

ICC CEO David Richardson said corruption has been one of the biggest challenges for the ICC and that the funding of the ACSU could be enhanced.

Mohammed Amir was one of the game's brightest talents before he was banned. (Getty Images)

Dhaka: There is a ray of hope for banned players like India’s Amit Singh and Mohammed Amir of Pakistan, who can now look forward to playing competitive cricket before their ban periods are over.

Amit was handed a five-year ban and Siddarth Trivedi was slapped with a one-year punishment by the BCCI in September for their role in match-fixing and betting in the IPL, while Amir was banned after being found guilty of spot fixing during a Test match.

The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the ICC is considering changes in its rules with an aim to “integrate” banned players and the new code could be implemented as early as June, ICC CEO David Richardson said here on Friday.

“There are some amendments being considered to the anti-corruption code, and one of those amendments deals with how we reintegrate banned players back into cricket?” Richardson said at a media interaction during the World T20 here.

“So, if someone is banned for five years, can he come and play domestic cricket or club cricket a little bit earlier, so that when his five-year ban expires internationally he can resume his career. The revised code will deal with that.”

But Richardson said it will not be dealing specifically with an individual’s case; but it will be principles that might be applied to decide who might be banned now or in the future. “I think the code would be ready by June for implementation.”

Richardson, a former South Africa wicketkeeper, said corruption has been one of the biggest challenges for the ICC and that the funding of the ACSU could be enhanced.

“The ICC ACSU has changed considerably over the years. Initially, it focused on education and prevention. And it has now become much more proactive on the investigation side,” he said.

“We are in the process of reviewing the resources that the anti-corruption unit in Dubai – and globally -- possesses. And when I say globally, I mean not only the ICC’s ACSU but also the various Boards’ units,” he said.

Richardson said he would like the all-powerful BCCI to be more involved in the decision making at the ICC. “Their approach was always to sit on the outside, not to partake in developing strategy. They left it to other people. Now, for the first time, they have taken the responsibility on their shoulders to lead in developing strategy,” he said.

“The BCCI will be very much part of the governing structure and developing strategy, going forward. I am looking forward to working with the BCCI in that respect.”

Richardson justified the changed format of the ongoing World Twenty20 , calling the new one “robust”.

Richardson was happy that some IPL matches were going to be played in the UAE. “Obviously, our office is in Dubai. We have certain facilities that we will make available to the BCCI if they need them. Essentially, our involvement would be on the anti-corruption side,” he disclosed.


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