Cricket Australia forms new integrity unit

Cricket Australia has established a dedicated integrity unit to address the potentially undermining threats of doping, match-fixing and behavioural issues to cricket played under its jurisdiction.

The governing body’s anti-corruption measures, code of behaviour and anti-doping and illicit substance programmes are all brought together under the new unit’s remit, along with a responsibility to oversee all disciplinary protocols for domestic cricket and player education compliance.

Cricket Australia’s senior legal counsel Iain Roy will head up the operation in his new role as senior manager of integrity, and he and his staff will liaise with the International Cricket Council and other ICC member nations to ensure its methods are in line with global best practice codes and policies. The consolidation of Cricket Australia’s integrity functions was one of the recommendations made in an independent integrity review carried out by former Australian Football League executive and interim chief executive of Cycling Australia Adrian Anderson earlier this year. 

“While there are no suggestions that any Australian players, officials or administrators are involved in corrupt or illegal activity, the threat of that behaviour impacting the integrity of our game in some way is very real and we have to be vigilant in our approach to managing it,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said. “By creating a standalone department dedicated to managing the integrity of the game, we believe we are well placed in the fight against corruption, doping and other illegal and harmful practices, ensuring it does not jeopardise the game’s unique place in Australian culture.”

Australia and New Zealand are the joint hosts of the 2015 Cricket World Cup and fears that such a high profile tournament could be vulnerable to rogue bookmakers were heightened earlier this month when former New Zealand international batsman Lou Vincent confirmed he was one of three players being investigated for alleged match-fixing by the ICC.