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Thursday, February 10, 2011

ICC releases details of spot-fixing

The ICC has published an encrypted version of the final judgment related to the spot-fixing case.
The International Cricket Council on Wednesday evening published a redacted and encrypted version of the final determination of the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal following the hearing into spot-fixing charges against three Pakistan players – Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif – which concluded in Doha, Qatar on 5 February 2011.
When handing down its decision, the tribunal expressed the strong view that its full written determination should be published widely (as the ICC has the power to do under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code), so that interested parties can read and fully understand the reasons for the tribunal’s determination.
The ICC shares that view and wishes all stakeholders and followers of the sport to see for themselves the effort and resource that the ICC has devoted to pursuing these charges, so that there can be confidence in the ability of the ICC (and its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) to defend and maintain the reputation and integrity of the sport from corrupt activities.

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC Chief Executive, said: “It is the ICC’s intention to be as transparent an organisation as is feasible and to publish all its reports and findings for the benefit of stakeholders. Publishing the full written determination of the tribunal is clearly in the best interest of cricket.”

However, in light of a recent decision by the UK Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to pursue criminal charges against the three players, the ICC has taken steps to permit read-only and non-printable access to a redacted version of the tribunal’s full written determination via its website for the next seven days only (i.e. until Wednesday 16 February) and to those users located outside of England and Wales only.
ICC move warm-up matches out of Pallekele
Persistent rain has forced the ICC to relocate two World Cup warm-up matches from Pallekele in Sri Lanka.

The ICC is yet to name the new venues for the matches - Sri Lanka v Netherlands on February 12 and Netherlands v Kenya matches on February 15.

The decision was taken by local and ICC officials following a recommendation by ICC pitch consultant Andy Atkinson after he inspected the venue on Wednesday.

"The decision to switch the warm-up matches away from Pallekele is common sense and is one that is fully supported by all stakeholders as it will allow the groundstaff the time they need, following those recent heavy rains, to produce excellent pitches for the tournament matches that will take place there," Tournament Director Ratnakar Shetty said in a statement.

Pallekele will host three matches in the World Cup, starting with the clash between New Zealand and Pakistan on March 8, followed by Sri Lanka's match-up with Zimbabwe on March 10 and concluding with the Pakistan v Zimbabwe fixture on March 12.
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