ICC Warns Associate Nations Against Potential Corrupt Approach from Former Kenya Bowler

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The spectre of corruption continues to challenge cricket administrators worldwide. Recently, during the ongoing T20 World Cup, the ICC’s anti-corruption squad swiftly thwarted a concerning incident. A former Kenyan international cricketer attempted to approach a Ugandan player, raising red flags about potential corruption.

ICC warns on corruption in T20 WC

The incident occurred during the league stage matches in Guyana. The former Kenyan bowler repeatedly tried to contact a member of the Ugandan team using various phone numbers.

Associate nations, compared to larger teams, are often considered soft targets for corruption. In this case, the Ugandan player promptly informed the ICC about the approach, adhering to strict anti-corruption guidelines.

“It is not a surprise that this person targeted a player from the Ugandan national team. Associate nations, as compared to the big teams, are soft targets for corruption but in this case, the player who was approached did the needful by informing the ICC at the earliest,” a source told PTI.

The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) acted swiftly. They alerted all affiliated teams about the former Kenyan player and initiated a proper investigation. The ICC’s anti-corruption code deems it illegal to fail to disclose a corrupt approach. It covers various offences, including match-fixing, gambling, misuse of insider information, and refusal to assist with inquiries.

Uganda, participating in their first T20 World Cup, concluded their campaign with a thrilling victory over Papua New Guinea. Despite defeats against Afghanistan, New Zealand, and the West Indies, Uganda’s vigilance against corruption remains commendable.

Cricket’s battle against corruption persists, but the vigilance of players and authorities is crucial in maintaining the integrity of the game.

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