Thatscricket - News - Priority for cleansing cricket: Speed

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: New International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Malcolm Speed committed the sport's governing body on Wednesday to weeding out the match-fixers that have plagued the sport in recent years."The stature of the ICC is on the move up and it's being empowered to become a genuine world sporting body," he said. "It's being given the power to do some of the things it has been criticised for not doing in the past." Speed plans to meet the head of the ICC's anti corruption unit, Sir Paul Condon, as soon he completes his time with the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) and moves to London."I've already met Sir Paul, when he was here in February, but that was with my ACB hat," he said. "Next time it will be with the ICC which will be a different perspective."I have been very impressed with the work he has been doing and the ICC has taken some major steps forward regarding corruption." Speed's appointment comes amid the match-fixing scandal that has rocked the game and led to life bans on three former Test captains, Hansie Cronje of South Africa, Mohammad Azharuddin of India and Salim Malik of Pakistan.Speed will leave his job as ACB chief executive in July to form an all-Australian leadership at the ICC alongside president Malcolm Gray.He takes over from another Australian, David Richards, who had been ICC chief executive since the position was created in 1993.He was praised during his time at the ACB for the way he dealt with the betting scandal involving Shane Warne and Mark Waugh, which had initially been covered-up by his predecessors.Speed is also behind the ICC's push for an elite panel of eight fulltime umpires but has concerns about the prospect of two neutral umpires for each Test match."That would mean umpires would never get to umpire in their home country," he said.Copyright AFP 2001

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