Crackdown on Cricket cheaters

International cricket’s
anti-corruption chief is ready to take on potential cheats, as the World Cup
gets under way.

Sir Ronnie Flanagan, who is in
charge of the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption & Security Unit
(ACSU), said: “(We’ve) made meticulous preparations and are now fully
deployed and will be at their most vigilant throughout.”

Sir Ronnie had been pursuing
spot-fixing in the game when the News Of The World produced evidence of a
massive scandal in the game last summer.

The former policeman is determined
that the World Cup currently being staged in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh
should be remembered for the right reasons.

“We have had a wonderful
beginning and I have every confidence the cricketing world can enjoy a
thrilling, absorbing and entertaining tournament played to the highest levels
of skill and integrity,” he said.

But Pakistan’s cricket boss Ijaz
Butt said he hopes others besides his country are being subjected to the same
scrutiny, suggesting match-fixing is not just a problem there.

“They should be looking at
other people also. It should not be in one direction,” he said.

As Pakistan prepares for their
first game of this World Cup against Kenya on Wednesday, Butt insisted:
“We’ve already put that behind us.”

He added: “We’re making
amends. We’re quite confident it’s getting better.

“That’s the end of the matter.
I’m very clear about it.”

England – who meet the Netherlands today,
Tuesday in their first match of this World Cup could meet Pakistan after the
group phase.

 

A match between the two would be
bound to summon the ill-feeling that scarred those collisions last year in the
wake of the spot-fixing allegations that came during the fourth test at Lords
in August.

Pakistan’s former captain, Salman
Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were removed from all cricket for five years
each by an ICC tribunal following the scandal.