The ICC has requested all of its full members to sign a declaration indicating support and compliance with the organisation's new anti-corruption methods in an ongoing endeavour to keep the game pristine. The one-page document is to be signed by both officials and players in a process that has already begun.
"There was a declaration where we asked everybody that is involved in the game - players and officials - to declare their clear intent in joining us to ensure that the sport is clean," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, told reporters.
The move seems to have support from most of the main cricketing nations. Australia and Pakistan are supposed to have been among the initial signatories and South Africa is expected to be next. "The players are already subject to the anti-corruption code," Tony Irish, chief executive of the South African Cricketers' Association (SACA), said. "This is a very simple declaration that shows support for the anti-corruption methods used by the ICC.
An Australia Cricketers' Association (ACA) authority said the declaration - circulated among the players last week - was more of a PR exercise and that there was no sanctioning included. "The Australian players were positive about it and happy to sign it."
BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty, mentioned that his board was yet to contact players over the document because of the on-going series between India and New Zealand. "The players have to be talked to about the declaration before they can sign the document, " Shetty said.