ICC Appoint Former Police Officer as Head of Anti-Corruption

June 2, 2011

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that Yogendra Pal Singh, a former Indian policeman, is its new head of the anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) taking over from Ravi Sawani who is retiring, having been in the role since 2007.

Singh spent 30 years in the Indian Police Service including several years with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), as joint-director in charge of anti-corruption.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat, who paid tribute to the work of Sawani, said: “As recent events have shown, the menace of corruption in sport is real. But with the measures we have established over the years the public can be confident that we will make certain the integrity of the sport is maintained.

“We must, however, remain vigilant and YP will bring with him a fresh outlook to the continuing challenges that lie ahead.”

The appointment follows soon after criticism from England captain Andrew Strauss who claimed last month that the ACSU appeared ‘woefully under-resourced’.

Strauss added: “The only input I’ve had is with the anti-corruption people who came round during the World Cup. It seems to me that they are woefully under-resourced. I just don’t think they’ve got the resources to do it properly. I haven’t seen any resolve to deal with the issue.”

Sawani announced just over a year ago he intended to stand down after this year’s World Cup in the subcontinent, won by co-hosts India in Mumbai in April.