Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Toothless ICC Must Do More to Deal with Corruption, Says Strauss

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Toothless ICC Must Do More to Deal with Corruption, Says Strauss

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[bar] ANDREW STRAUSS has called on cricket's rulers to do more to stamp out spot fixing and labelled the sport's main anti-corruption body "a toothless tiger".

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed prison sentences at Southwark Crown Court yesterday for their role in the spot-fixing scandal at Lord's in August 2010. The trio were found guilty of conspiring to cheat and accepting corrupt payments after Amir and Asif bowled no-balls deliberately in the Fourth Test against Strauss's England team.

Sir Ronnie Flanagan, chairman of the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, claimed yesterday that such cheating was restricted to a tiny minority within the game but Strauss says the world governing body could be more decisive. Speaking at the Brit Insurance Annual Achievement Awards, which celebrated the work of those involved in the Chance To Shine charity, Test captain Strauss said: "For me, there are still a lot of questions to be answered because they weren't exposed by any of the cricketing members. They were exposed by the News Of The World.

"I think we all know there is no place for it in the game. We've got to be vigilant.

I still think the ICC could be doing a lot more than they are doing.

"Unfortunately, the anti-corruption unit is a pretty toothless tiger. They can't get into the real depth of it all because they haven't got the resources available but I don't hold it against them. They're doing the best job they can. They can't do sting operations like the News of the World, they can't infiltrate these betting networks. I am very hopeful that only a minor percentage of cricketers are involved in it but the truth is we really don't know. …

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