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
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
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