Players nervous about reporting corruption


Tony Irish, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) has said that players remain nervous about reporting corruption, despite the ICC's assurances in the wake of Brendon McCullum's MCC Spirit of Cricket lecture.

McCullum described the ICC's anti-corruption unit as 'casual' and called on the ICC to do more to protect players who make a stand against corruption.

Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Irish said: "There is a degree of nervousness generally among players who report, around how that information will be used. Brendon's experience doesn't help with that,

"It's a question often asked by players during anti-corruption education sessions run by players' associations at the domestic level."

FICA's chief executive has called for protocols to be put in place to protect whistle blowers, and for evidence to be effectively handled, saying: "From a collective point of view we want to ensure that any sensitive information provided to authorities by players is protected, and that the various protocols and procedures in place provide adequate protections to players, in particular to whistle blowers,

"Protecting clean athletes effectively is a critical aspect of ensuring that corruption is stamped out."

Irish believes that it is critical the ICC get players onside for any initiative to succeed, claiming: "The best results will always be achieved when players are part of and buy into regulations, rules and protocols that affect them,

"Everyone needs to be in this fight together. We have been pushing to formalise the relationship with the ACU for some time, and we will continue to do so, as we think that this is vital to achieving good outcomes globally.

"By ensuring that player representatives are able to have input into operating procedures (including those related to how player evidence and statements are dealt with), protocols and regulations, it will help to build and develop trust and confidence."