Rahul Dravid in ICC Anti-Corruption Panel


February 5 2016 Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid has been named in the new ICC Anti-Corruption oversight group. He has been included in the oversight group after recommendation from the Integrity Working Party of the parent body. The panel will include the Chairman of the Executive Committee, who is responsible for this function, former Indian captain Rahul Dravid , legal expert Louis Weston and independent anti-corruption advisor John Abbott , who was the chairman of the integrity working party .

Apart from these, the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption, Sir Flanagan, and ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, will also be ex-officio members of the group.

Rahul Dravid is currently coaching the Indian team in the ongoing U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

So what exactly is the ICC Anti-Corruption panel? And what are their responsibilities?

The main function of the ICC Anti-Corruption is as the name suggests “To assist the ICC and the Members of ICC in the eradication of conduct of a corrupt nature prejudicial to the interests of the game of cricket; and to provide a professional, permanent and secure infrastructure to act as a long term deterrent to conduct of a corrupt nature prejudicial to the interests of the game of cricket”. Sir Ronnie Flanagan, who is an ex-officio member of the group, was one of United Kingdom’s most senior officers and he acts on consultation with the Anti- Corruption advisor John Abbott and Chariman Rahul Dravid, to ensure that the game of cricket is not tainted by corrupt activities.

Allegations of corrupt activities are probed throughout by the Unit’s investigators and sometimes with the assistance of police officers, along with this, in support of their efforts the Anti-Corruption Units senior Operations manager builds an International network of contacts in both the legal and illegal so that the Unit is able to investigate allegations with the help of these contacts.

All players and officials involved in Cricket go through the ACU’s education program. Players are educated in ways in which they might be “groomed” by an early age by investigators as well as the consequences of corrupt activities, these include but are not limited to: Fixing all or part of a match, accepting money, benefit or any other kind of reward for the provision of information and failing to report the inappropriate conduct of others. Seven Anti-Corruption Managers coordinate the ACU’s preventive measures and they are present at every international series to ensure that strict Anti-Corruption protocols are enforced at all venues.

Aditya Malaviya