ICC plans technology-oriented review

The ICC could bring in British intelligence agency MI6-style code-breakers in a bid to root out corruption in the game, ‘The News of the World’ reported. Quoting ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat, the newspaper said the governing body’s officials have “spent the past three weeks locked in discussions with their own Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, along with national boards and player’s unions.”

“One of the authorities’ biggest headaches is restricting players’ communicating information from within the dressing room to unscrupulous third parties. Tracking that data is also becoming more difficult.

“With ‘fixers’ becoming increasingly sophisticated, ACSU bosses intend to recruit specialist code breakers to decipher the most complicated communications,” the report stated. ACSU chief Sir Ronnie Flanagan said the ICC will have to be technologically updated to track down corrupting influences on the game.

“In this fast-moving world of technology we have a new wave of devices,” Flanagan said. “From iPads to iPhones to BlackBerrys and social networking sites, we must ensure we understand them all.”

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