CAMPAIGNS: What The Media Say - Reputation of cricket again under attack

Organisation: ICC Anti-Corruption Unit/Paul Condon

Issue: Corruption/match-fixing scandal

Bribery, kidnapping and murder are the elements of Hollywood thrillers

and, according to Sir Paul Condon's report, international cricket.

Ex-Scotland Yard chief Condon released his initial findings last week

after a seven-month investigation into alleged corruption within

international cricket.

Some claimed that the depth of corruption revealed shook the institution

of gentleman's cricket to the core - 'Cancer of Cricket' (The Sun,


Others asserted that 'there is hardly anything in (the) report

that ... people who have followed international cricket closely did not

know' (Imran Khan, The Daily Telegraph, 24/5).

Three issues dominated the coverage: the depth and breadth of corruption

in the international game, the ineffectiveness of the International

Cricket Council (ICC) in preventing the spread of corruption, and the

origins of match-fixing in English county cricket.

Given the position of the ICC as Condon's paymaster, perhaps the most

significant part of the report was the outspoken criticism of the

organisation's failure to manage the sport it administers. Included were

recommendations for an overhaul of the ICC, referred to as a 'loose and

fragile alliance' (Daily Mail, 24/5).

Although initial reactions from the ICC were muted, as it waits for a

full and private consultation from Condon later in June, there was

approval of all 24 of the report's recommendations from the five-man

Code of Conduct committee. The ICC committee chairman, Lord Griffiths,

who described the report as 'excellent but most disturbing', asserted

that 'it is time for all countries ... to ensure that cricket as a game

again becomes paramount' (The Times, 24/5).

Some press commentators expressed an element of optimism for the sport.

The leader in The Scotsman (24/5) read '(The report) may have come just

in time to save cricket's reputation,' and added that, 'The response

from the sport's authorities has also been heartening'.

Condon's appraisal has ensured that corruption and match-fixing can no

longer be hidden behind a facade of respectability, and that true

sporting virtues of 'personal integrity, respect for an

institution ... and national pride' may be given a boost

(, 25/5).

Analysis and commentary by Echo Research. More information can be found


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