ICC and BCCI Yet to Decide on Interpol Offer
May 16, 2012
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) are still deciding whether to accept Interpol’s proposal to set up an investigate unit to monitor match-fixing and corruption in cricket, almost a year the idea was mooted by Interpol Secretary General, Ronald K Noble.
Noble met with IPL Chairman, Rajiv Shukla, a few months ago but the proposal is still being examined by the BCCI.
“Since the cases of fixings involve people from across the globe and the betting take place in different countries, the investigators need a mandate to go beyond national and international boundaries,” a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official said.
This would not be Interpol’s first involvement in the fight against match-fixing in sport it— the organisation already has project in Singapore, funded by FIFA, to protect the integrity of professional soccer.
A similar anti-corruption unit for cricket would be established at Interpol’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore by 2014 if the BCCI and ICC approve the proposal. CBI officers would form part of the IGCI unit.
“Interpol can be of immense help in improving the integrity in cricket and can help instill confidence among the cricket fans across the world,” said an New Dehli-based Interpol officer.