first_imgSir Flanagan said whenever hes asked whether it is Sir Flanagan said whenever hes asked whether it is possible to root out the menace of corruption from any game, his stock answer is “can you completely eliminate ill health”. “We can improve prevention, treatment and cure. There are always people who will try to make money through corrupt means. The young players are especially vulnerable. Sometimes these corrupters are like “Peter Pans” seeking out young players. “They compliment them first, offer them their contact numbers, small gifts followed by some expensive gifts which may on some evenings then end up in what what we call the “honey trap”, drawing them into “compromising circumstances”, which they (corrupters) use later to blackmail them. We constantly educate the players and others about the methods these corrupters employ. “We are a small unit in ICC, dealing with corruption. We are not the police force, dont have the power of the police force nor do we seek the power of the police. We have very good relationship with the police bodies of all countries where cricket is played. “For example, in last years ICC Cricket World Cup – which was conducted in Australia and New Zealand – we had memorandum of understanding drawn up with the Australian Federal police and New Zealand police. “We shared intelligence with them on a daily basis. Within the next few weeks I will be travelling to UK to sign another MoU with their national crime agency,” he said, adding, “We encourage domestic units to do this.” Asked whether he supports legalisation of betting in India, as has been recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R N Lodha Committee, Sir Flanagan said it was not in the ICCs domain to suggest what should be done by a sovereign countrys authorities. “Honestly, it is not for me to suggest what a sovereign nation does, but I do say that where betting is legalised it is heavily regulated and those regulators work in close conjunction with us. “Its not for me to suggest what a wonderful country like India should do in terms of legislation or its law, but if it decides (to legalise betting), we would be seeking close collaboration with the regulators.” PTI NRB SSR ARS AH AHadvertisementlast_img

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