Cricket SA counters corruption with contracts

2014-05-18 15:00

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Cricket SA (CSA) and the six franchises have anticorruption codes in place and players are expertly educated about the dangers of bookmakers’ advances.

SA Cricketers’ Association (Saca) chief executive Tony Irish said top South African players who also participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) are paid between R10 and R15?million per year in total earnings.

Irish said the players also have secure contracts in South Africa, which should make them less susceptible to the financial temptation of corruption.

Irish was commenting after former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent reportedly identified 12 games around the world, including matches during the Champions League T20 tournament in South Africa in 2012, that involved fixing, according to the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

The paper published details of an International Cricket Council (ICC) report, which includes Vincent’s allegations of matches that involved fixing, offers that were made and signals used to indicate that a fix was “on”.

New Zealand Cricket’s chief executive, David White, has said to the best of his knowledge, no current New Zealand players were being investigated, nor were any matches played in New Zealand or involving the national team.

But he said that some Auckland Aces games played at the 2012 Champions League in South Africa were being investigated.

Gareth Hopkins, the former New Zealand wicketkeeper who was Auckland captain during the Champions League, told Fairfax Media that he had no reason to suspect that spot-fixing had happened in the tournament.

“None of the South African players involved in that Champions League T20 tournament reported anything untoward to Saca or CSA and as far as we know, none of our players are under investigation at the moment,” Irish said.

“There are secure clauses in every contracted player’s contract about anticorruption. There are also secure clauses in the franchise players’ contracts.

“A thorough education programme on anticorruption forms part of the players’ education programmes at franchise and international level,” he added.

“Although one can never totally discount these things in cricket, I would be very surprised if it turned out that

any South African players weren’t clean.

“In terms of the Memorandum of Understanding [MOU], a comprehensive, collective agreement between Saca, CSA, the franchises and the players, the players have traditionally received roughly 20% of all CSA’s professional cricket revenues,” said Irish.

“This MOU was renewed on April 30 this year and in terms of the new four-year contract, the players’ contracts will be funded from an agreed lump sum negotiated by us with CSA.

“This secures player contracts for the next four years. Where players have contracts, this should lessen the risk of being lured into financial gain from other sources.”

He did not want to disclose the lump sum figure. Irish said South African players were arguably the fourth best-remunerated cricketers in the world, behind their colleagues from the big three associations of India, Australia and England.

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