17 Nov 2016

New plans to curb match-fixing

8:09 am on 17 November 2016

Cricketers suspected of corruption could be forced to hand over their mobile phones under new plans to curb match-fixing.

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) can currently request information from players, including phone records, while cricketers also have to hand over their phones to officials before each day's play.

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The ACU does not have access to players' mobile phone apps, including Whatsapp and Snapchat.

The head of the ACU, Ronnie Flanagan, said as people use different means of communicating with each other through social media, they have to keep ahead of those things.

He said they might seek an extension of the unit's powers so instead of just asking for a player's billing records, they could take the devices and download them to see what communications had been made on them.

For that, the ACU would need approval of the ICC board.

"I think there is no ground for complacency whatsoever," Flanagan said.

"These corruptors have demonstrated ingenuity and demonstrated determination to keep trying to get at players and match officials who are bound by our code of conduct.

"Therefore we must be continually active in thwarting their intentions and we must do that by making the very best use, not just of international resources involved in anti-corruption, but also of the domestic resources involved in anti-corruption."

- Reuter