Young players need advice says Condon
Published: Friday, April 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: The head of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit, Sir Paul Condon, claims that education and training of players will be the key recommendation of his interim report into match-fixing. Condon, speaking to the BBC World Service's Sportsworld programme on Friday on the first anniversary of the scandal surrounding the then South Africa captain Hansie Cronje, said he believed young players in particular should be singled out for advice. Condon said, "There are some important things we must do to ensure players, particularly young ones coming onto the international scene, realise the opportunity for corruption and how they can become sucked into it." Condon, the former head of London's Metropolitan Police force, has met players and administrators from around the world for the past six months and will present his initial findings to the ICC's code of conduct commission in May. He added, "For me the most important thing is to help restore the faith in the game for millions of followers around the world. What happens on the field should be about skill, courage, luck and endeavour - not about seedy deals with bookmakers, mobile phones and the fixing of matches for betting purposes."