Following a number of integrity issues over the past year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a new app that provides player information and the ability to report potentially suspicious behaviour.
The new integrity app, which had a soft launch at this year’s under-19 Cricket World Cup in February, hopes to be available to everyone involved in cricket globally.
The platform will allow users to tackle any integrity-related issues such as suspicious behaviour and incidents related to doping by giving users easy access to essential information and a secure platform to come forward to talk about any issues they may have.
Although the app is still being developed over the next coming months, the app aims to ‘ensure participants are equipped with the information required to ensure the game remains clean and their careers do not suffer due to lack of knowledge,’ according to the ICC.
Chief executive of the ICC, David Richardson, said of the platform: “The ICC is committed to protecting the spirit of the game and this app will play a huge part in helping us in our objective.
“We must educate players, administrators and support staff on an ongoing basis and the app allows us to do that, driving awareness of the risks, supporting education and providing a simple mechanism for reporting concerns.”
Former India captain and current India U19 coach Rahul Dravid said: “It’s fantastic to see that the ICC has come up with an Integrity App. It’s got a lot of information on anti-doping and anti-corruption. You can make a report about anything that you notice that is untoward. I think it’s terrific to have easy access to this information on your fingertips. I would encourage all players, and those involved in cricket, to download the app, to use it and to read up on all the information. It’s something that will keep the game clean, fair and something that we are all proud of.”
England ODI and T20I captain Eoin Morgan, commented: “It is great that the new ICC Integrity App is now available to download. So help keep the game clean by getting it today for anti-doping and anti-corruption information and educate yourself.”
Alex Marshall, general manager of anti-corruption at the ICC, added: “The ICC is committed to the pursuit of a corruption free sport and this app will support that ambition. Our focus is on education, prevention, disruption, investigation and prosecution and the app has a role to play in this.
“It will complement the face to face education sessions every international player receives and provides them with a simple tool to report.”