ICC CEO confident of a corruption-free World Cup, urges national governments to help with the objective

David Richardson also spoke about ICC's wish to see Cricket enter into the great Olympics.

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CEO David Richardson has assured of a corruption-free ICC Cricket World Cup in England next year and has informed of strong prior actions being taken by the game's world governing body in ensuring eradication of match-fixing from the admirable sport.

The former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman also urged various national governments around to help by tackling this criminal offence with utmost seriousness within their respective territories.

The ICC anti-corruption unit "is trying to be much more proactive in first of all disrupting these criminals who are travelling the world trying to corrupt the game," said Richardson, at a promotional event in New Delhi, "Working hand in hand with the law enforcement agencies will help us do that. So (we are) very confident that we will keep the World Cup corruption free."

"We are persuading governments to introduce legislation that can make attempts to fix cricket matches a criminal offence and put these people behind bars," the 59-year-old added.  

The ICC Cricket World Cup in England & Wales begin on 30th May and ends with the final on July 15, 2019.

Talking about another one of ICC's issues, where it wants to take our beloved sport to the great Olympics despite BCCI's reservations, Richardson said, "We have got an ambition to have cricket in the Olympics in 2028. That's easier said than done. We need to convince the International Olympic Committee to have cricket."

"103 out of 104 members are strongly behind that decision to get cricket in the Olympics. There are some issues that BCCI has with the Indian Olympic Association but I am very confident that those issues can be resolved," he signed off.

(Inputs from AFP)


By Kashish Chadha - 13 Dec, 2018

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