ICC approaches Interpol to fight corruption

Dubai: International Cricket Council (ICC) has approached Interpol, the organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation, for closer working relations as part of its ongoing efforts to combat corruption in the game.

Alex Marshall, General Manager of ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, was at the Interpol headquarters in Lyon last week to explore how the two organizations can operate more effectively.

“The ICC and Interpol are keen on working together and our meetings in Lyon last week were productive. The ICC has an excellent relationship with law enforcement agencies in a number of countries but working with Interpol means we are connecting with their 194 members,” Marshall said.

“Our focus is on the education of players and prevention and disruption of corruptors. Where our inquiries reveal criminal offenses have been committed, we will refer this to the relevant law enforcement organizations and this makes Interpol an important partner for us,” he added.

Meanwhile, José de Gracia, Assistant Director of Interpol’s Criminal Networks unit, said, “Sport brings people together, but criminals looking to make large profits can undermine its integrity. Our meetings and cooperation with partners such as the ICC help us shape a collaborative, holistic response.”