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ICC: International team under investigation for corruption

The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit made the announcement last night.

Cricket ball. Picture: Stock.XCHNG

JOHANNESBURG - An international team is under investigation for corruption, the International Cricket Council (ICC)'s anti-corruption unit chairman has revealed at the outset of the World Twenty20 in India, the statement said.

According to the statement, the ACU had thwarted attempts to 'manipulate' events in forthcoming matches to facilitate betting, and that action had been initiated against "one or two individuals".

Ronnie Flanagan refused to elaborate on the ongoing matter, but cited it as an example of the ACU acting on intelligence received and playing a proactive role in preventing acts of corruption.

"It will be very difficult for me to talk about specific details about an ongoing case, but quite recently we have a reason to believe that members of a particular team have intentions to manipulate events in forthcoming matches."

"This was an international team, but I am not going to go into any details because it is still under our investigation.

He added that certain individuals, it's believed, had intention to manipulate events to facilitate betting on those events.

"Just like police have to make these operational decisions, in terms of how long or how far you allow something to develop or when you intervene, we decided in this particular case we would intervene immediately."

The ACU was heavily criticised during the Chris Cairns perjury trial, where a leaked testimony from former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum eventually played a role in the failed prosecution against Cairns.

Flanagan also defended the ACU saying it didn't have the "powers of the police force" and that its efficiency shouldn't be judged by the number of people prosecuted.

He described BCCI's proposed tie-up with the Maharashtra state police as a positive step and encouraged other member units to enter into similar intelligence-sharing arrangements with law enforcement agencies in their respective countries.

"We are not a police force, but what we do have is very good relationships with the police bodies in all countries playing cricket.

"In the order of priority our activity is to try and prevent corruption, to disrupt the activities of those who seek to engage in corruption and if we have to, investigate corruption and prosecute instances of corruption."

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