'Eradicating corruption tops ICC agenda'
Published: Friday, October 19, 2001, 0:50 [IST]
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Kuala Lumpur: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday welcomed the decision by a South African court to uphold the life ban imposed on former captain Hansie Cronje for match-fixing. "Eradication of corruption remains the ICC's single highest priority and the penalties imposed on those proven to have been involved must serve as a warning and a deterrent to others who might be tempted," ICC president Malcolm Gray said. Cronje's appeal that the life ban was unconstitutional was dismissed on Wednesday by the Pretoria High Court. "Any other verdict would have sent the wrong message to cricket and its followers around the world," said Gray, who is in Malaysia for a meeting of the ICC's Executive Board. "It is bitterly disappointing that cheats turn to legal proceedings in an attempt to get their own way. It is extremely pleasing that in this case justice has been seen to be done." "This was, and remains, completely unacceptable behaviour and the decision of the judge is welcomed by the ICC," Gray said.