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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: ICC spy cameras will spare dressing room blushes

Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has clarified its position on the use of security cameras set to be introduced in the aftermath of a series of match-fixing scandals that have plagued the game.[an error occurred while processing this directive]The cameras, part of a raft of new procedures designed to clean up cricket, had caused controversy when it was suggested they would be used inside players' dressing rooms.Australian captain Steve Waugh described the reported move as an invasion of privacy, prompting the ICC to issue a clarification stating that the cameras would stop at the dressing room door."Tough new security measures designed to combat cricket corruption will include TV cameras, but their use will not extend to inside the dressing room itself," an ICC statement said on Tuesday.In addition to the cameras, security guards will be deployed at the entrance to dressing rooms and players' viewing areas, and logs will be kept of players leaving grounds during matches.Hotel lobbies and access points to team areas will be covered by closed circuit television, telephone calls will be monitored and the names of visitors to team areas of hotels will also be recorded.Australia's ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed revealed that cameras inside dressing rooms, which could make players feel uneasy about team discussions and celebrations being captured on film, was not part of the plan."There has never been any intention of invading the privacy of the dressing room but there is every intention of catching the corrupters who have tarnished cricket's reputation over the past two years," Speed said."Corruption has been cricket's toughest challenge and it needs an aggressive approach to make sure the game and its players are adequately protected from it."The recent board meeting accepted these proposals and we are now in the process of implementing them as a matter of priority." The ICC said all Test captains, including Waugh, had been consulted about the new measures with "majority support" coming from all except West Indian Carl Hooper, who had not responded.A probe into cricket corruption was launched last year following the revelation by disgraced South African captain Hansie Cronje who was subsequently banned for life that he had taken money from bookmakers.

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