~~Condon report is a valuable document~~

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Australian Cricket Board chief Malcolm Speed called the ICC's corruption report a "valuable document". Speed said the International Cricket Council's report into match-fixing was "an important step in the ongoing fight against corruption in cricket". Speed, who takes over as ICC chief executive later this year, welcomed the release of the report by the ICC's anti-corruption unit chief Paul Condon. "I think it is a valuable document in that it's the first time we've had an independent source, an independent inquiry, and gone right through the issue of corruption across the cricketing world," he said. "It's a fact-based analysis, I think that's very important. It's also very important that what the document does is it provides a way forward." Speed said he would again be speaking with the Australian team about the dangers of cricket corruption before they flew to England on Saturday. "They need to be very careful to be sure they're not touched in any way by corruption," he said. "If they are contacted by anyone then they need to report it to the team manager or the captain or someone else in authority and get it in writing as soon as possible." The ACB will also consider the recommendations in the ICC report governing the use of mobile phones during matches and of public access to players. Speed said the ACB was likely to continue its policy of not participating in any tournaments, which were not run by either the ICC or the Test-playing nations. Australia has not played in the annual one-day tournament in Sharjah - believed to be a hotbed of cricket gambling - since 1998. The ACB has turned down invitations to up to 10 such events in recent years, at the cost of several million Dollars. Two weeks ago Adam Gilchrist and Colin Miller and coach John Buchanan revealed they had been the targets of match-fixers during last month's tour of India.

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