S. Africa probe international syndicate in corruption fear

Haroon Lorgat CEO of CSA during the 2013 Momentum One-Day Cup Launch at the Momentum Cricket Stadium on the 8 October 2013 ©Allan James Lipp/BackpagePix

South Africa are probing attempts by an international syndicate to corrupt domestic cricket matches, the national body said Friday.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) said their anti-corruption and security unit is being assisted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“This is a timely reminder that we can never drop our guard in protecting the integrity of the game at all levels,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

“We have an effective partnership with the South African Cricketers’ Association to ensure that our players, support staff and administrators are educated about the nefarious activities of corrupt people.

“And they are aware of the consequences of falling victim to any shady approaches.

“We will relentlessly pursue, under our code and the law of the land, any persons we believe to be involved in corrupting the game and, with police assistance, will also seek criminal prosecution.

“Our attitude to corruption will always be one of zero tolerance and we are confident that the necessary structures are in place to effectively deal with any activity.”

While the national team is on a long tour of India, the South African domestic season began with one-day games followed, from last Sunday, by a Twenty20 competition.

The T20 Challenge involves the six top-tier franchises and has attracted former England skipper and star batsman Kevin Petersen on a five-match contract.