ICC's anti-corruption unit taking no chances
International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit watchdogs will keep a close watch and have put in place all possible measures to keep match-fixers at bay during the tri-series.india Updated: Apr 11, 2003 01:06 IST
International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) watchdogs will keep a close watch and have put in place all possible measures to keep match-fixers at bay during the tri-series here.
The stringent measures, which were taken during the recent World Cup, will be followed here and the ACU has already sent its representative to oversee the arrangements for the tournamaent featuring South Africa, India and hosts Bangladesh.
ACU's Regional Security manager in charge of Pakistan and Bangladesh, Lt Col Nuruddin Khawaja of Pakistan has reached the venue well ahead of the opening match to oversee and guide the local officials on the necessary steps to be taken.
"The ACU is very serious about cleansing cricket and we take all possible steps for each tournaments. The measures we will take here will be similar to those we took in the World Cup," Khawaja said.
Khawaja has been spending a lot of time at the Bangabandu Stadium, the venue of the tournament, interacting with Bangladesh Cricket Board officials and feels that the ACU's efforts have paid dividends.
"I think we have been able to check match fixing to a great extent. We maintain a strict vigil which makes it a lot more difficult," Khawaja said.
Khawaja has issued strict guidelines on who will be allowed to come anywhere near the dressing rooms and the VIP enclosures and has personally checked the list. "Only the persons who are required will be allowed to enter these areas. I have tried to trim down the list to the bare minimum."
First Published: Apr 10, 2003 20:39 IST