Will 2019 World Cup be free of corruption?

THE head of cricket´s world body is confident of a corruption-free 2019 World Cup, with the sport working overtime to disrupt criminals who attempt to fix matches.

David Richardson (pictured), chief executive of the International Cricket Council, has also called on national governments to do more to tackle match-fixing, which has affected lucrative, Twenty20 leagues, as well as international matches.

Richardson said: “The ICC anti-corruption unit is trying to be much more proactive in disrupting these criminals, who are travelling the world trying to corrupt the game.

“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.”

He added: “We are persuading governments to introduce legislation, which can make attempts to fix cricket matches a criminal offence, and put these people behind bars.”

But the ICC chief is fully aware that there are ongoing investigations into corruption and match-fixing.

Sri Lanka bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was the latest to face suspension, in October, over accusations of match-fixing.

Former Sri Lankan opener and ex-selector Sanath Jayasuriya was also charged with failing to co-operate with a match-fixing probe, and concealing information in October.

The 2019 World Cup is scheduled to take place in England and Wales, from May to July.

Richardson, 55, who is a former South Africa wicketkeeper, also reiterated the ICC´s interest in taking cricket to the Olympics.

The vast majority of ICC members are keen to feature the sport at the quadrennial event, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has its reservations.

“We have ambitions to see cricket in the 2028 Olympics, but that’s easier said than done,” admitted Richardson. “We need to convince the International Olympic Committee.”

The only time cricket featured at the Olympics was in 1900, with just two men’s teams competing, and Great Britain defeated host nation France to take the gold.


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