The MCC world cricket committee has called for life bans to be introduced as a top-end punishment for corruption in cricket.
Led by MCC’s Anti-Corruption Working Party, chaired by Steve Waugh, the MCC World Cricket committee has made ten recommendations to the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU).
1. Lifetime bans for any captain, vice-captain or coach found guilty of corruption.
2. Consider the removal of minimum sentences in the ICC’s anti-corruption code.
3 . Education materials and punishments at international level should be mirrored at domestic level.
These materials should be enhanced, multi-lingual and available in more player-friendly formats.
4. The ACSU should work closely with players to establish trust and be transparent with its findings to show the cricketing world that its efforts to prevent corruption are working.
The committee appreciates that transparency has to be balanced by the requirements of confidentiality.
5. Young but established players, both international and domestic, and their captains, should be promoted as ambassadors of the Spirit of Cricket and role models who pledge to educate and protect other young players.
6. Where not already in place, specific anti-corruption clauses should be included in players’, officials’, coaches’ and administrators’ contracts.
7. The committee is keeping an open mind on the use of polygraphs, but for now does not recommend that their use be encouraged except as a possible route by which suspected players might attempt to exonerate themselves.
8. ‘Mystery shopper’ operations should be considered, preferably directed at somebody already suspected.
9. Relevant authorities to explore any unexplained wealth of suspected players and each governing body should hold a gift register for its players.
10. The ACSU to have an increased capacity and budget to be able to do its job thoroughly, including the analysis of all domestic and international televised matches.
The World Cricket committee will further refine and work on its draft paper to present to the ICC for consideration.