MCC wants global anti-corruption standards and stronger links with IPL and China

The MCC World Cricket committee met in Abu Dhabi this week and believes that corruption in global domestic T20 tournaments poses the biggest threat to the game’s health. It also agreed to deepen its links with the Indian Premier League (IPL).

It demanded a set of minimum anti-corruption standards provided by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) to be signed before all participants in a domestic t20 competition before the game’s governing body sanctioned a tournament.

The ACSU currently does not have the capacity or resources to oversee all competitions across all territories and the MCC suggest that the ICC increase ACSU funding. It also urged the ICC to highlight more of the ACSU’s output and successes in order to bolster public confidence.

Indian Premier League

The MCC also moved to “broaden and deepen” its collaboration with the IPL after Sundar Raman, CEO of the IPL, impressed the committee with a presentation that demonstrated both the success of the tournament and the important relationship MCC and the IPL have through the promotion of the Club’s Spirit of Cricket message.

The efforts made to promote the ‘Play Hard, Play Fair’ message to players and fans alike were congratulated and welcomed the anti-corruption measures now in place to prevent any future spot or match-fixing activities.

The MCC believes that the Spirit of Cricket can make a significant contribution to the IPL competition, and that it improves the way the game is played. MCC is expected to outline its plans for the Spirit of Cricket campaign by the end of February 2014.

MCC to step up its efforts in China

The committee also highlighted the potential to grow the game in China. The MCC Women will tour China in October 2014, playing matches and running coaching sessions in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Leading the tour will be MCC’s President Mike Gatting, who will use the trip as an opportunity to meet with Chinese cricket representatives to encourage further growth in the women’s game and to investigate ways of promoting men’s cricket in the country.


The committee reaffirmed its support to research and develop technology to combat illegal bowling actions in the game.

International cricket

The committee reiterated its support for a World Test Championship and urged the ICC to ensure that such a tournament – or at least a final – takes place in 2017 and beyond.

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
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James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
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