The International Cricket Council (ICC) has issued its response to the spot-fixing allegations made against three Rajasthan Royals cricketers.
In a statement, Chief Executive David Richardson says that the ICC will offer its full support to both the Indian board (BCCI) and the Delhi police as they investigate Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila.
"The ICC will provide full support to the BCCI and Delhi Police in this investigation," Richardson said.
"The BCCI’s decision to suspend its three cricketers on corruption charges is a clear indicator of the ICC and its Members’ zero-tolerance approach.
"The ICC and its Members have collectively taken measures to tighten vigilance, strengthen our anti-corruption codes and increase player education programmes as well as offering strict penalties to those found guilty of illegal conduct.
"As such, it is disappointing to see that despite the extensive education programmes delivered by the ICC and the BCCI, there still appears to be some players who remain vulnerable to temptations. We have always maintained that the real battle is against the unscrupulous individuals who are preying on the susceptible players."
Mr YP Singh, Head of ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), added: "Over the last 12 months or so, we have seen far more examples of players doing the right thing and reporting approaches.
"This is extremely encouraging and allows us to have the confidence to believe that the vast majority of players are playing the game in the right.
"This incident emphasises the threats all players face and need for the anti-corruption units of the ICC and its Members to work even closer with the various law enforcement agencies around the world who have the necessary investigatory authority and resources. We welcome the police’s involvement to root out these corrupters."
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