ICC set to join hands with Interpol in order to fight corruption

Cricket's struggle against match-fixing has been going on for years now.

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International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday (April 3) announced that it has sought "closer working relations" with Interpol to further enhance its fight against corruption in the sport. 

Interpol is an organisation that facilitates worldwide police co-operation. This assistance was discussed upon recently when ICC Anti-Corruption Unit General Manager, Alex Marshall visited Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France. 

"The ICC and Interpol are keen on working together and our meetings in Lyon last week were productive," said Marshall himself in an official media release. "The ICC has an excellent relationship with law enforcement agencies in a number of countries but working with Interpol means we are connecting with their 194 members."

Interpol’s vast network will help take actions to ensure that players are better educated about the corruptors or any questionable individuals. 

"Our focus is on the education of players and prevention and disruption of corruptors," Marshall added. "Where our enquiries reveal criminal offences have been committed, we will refer this to the relevant law enforcement organisations and this makes Interpol an important partner for us."

Interpol’s Criminal Networks unit Assistant Director Jose de Gracia also responded over the massive development and said that his team is very happy to provide materialistic support to the ICC. 

"Sport brings people together, but criminals looking to make large profits can undermine its integrity," he said. 

"Our meetings and cooperation with partners such as the ICC help us shape a collaborative, holistic response."

(Inputs from PTI)


By Kashish Chadha - 03 Apr, 2019

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