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How the Anti Corruption Unit operates

  • Published at 10:43 pm October 30th, 2019
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The ICC headquarters in the UAE Minhaz Uddin Khan/Dhaka Tribune

Formerly known as Anti Corruption and Security Unit, the body works independently as the International Cricket Council watchdog over corruption in the game

Star Bangladesh cricketer Shakib al Hasan’s sanction of a two-year ban, with one year of that suspended, by the International Cricket Council has put all attention on the body’s Anti-Corruption Unit. 

Shakib Tuesday evening was handed the verdict under section 2.4.4 for having failed to report to ACU the full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in unethical activities. 

The event has come as a shock to Bangladesh cricket supporters and ever since that, a wild discussion has sparked over how the ACU operates. 

Formerly known as Anti Corruption and Security Unit, the body works independently as the ICC watchdog over corruption in the game.

The ICC ACU works closely with the various domestic cricket ACUs and for Bangladesh, it is the Bangladesh Cricket Board ACU. 

The ICC ACU, in Dubai, serves as the central information hub for all intelligence gathered by the ICC ACU and the domestic units. 

Comprising former law enforcement professionals, the ICC ACU intelligence and investigations staff explore allegations of corrupt activities thoroughly – at times with the assistance of various law enforcement authorities and in some cases, with the domestic units.

Based within the ICC offices in Dubai, the ICC ACU is led by former British policeman, Alex Marshall. 

Prior to taking up the role of ICC ACU general manager, Alex was the CEO of the “College of Policing”, which is the professional body for police in England and Wales. 

The ICC ACU has anti-corruption managers located around the world to help coordinate the body’s prevention measures. 

These experienced investigators from India, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and England attend the international matches to provide education and awareness to participants, collect information or intelligence and ensure that the players' and match officials' areas are of minimum standards, and enforced at all venues.

When it comes to an investigation, the ICC ACU has the right to not disclose any information, even to a board with which the individual is related to. 

It ensures that a pilfer-proof investigation takes place and the time duration of the investigation is not thought of. 

It is ensured by the ICC ACU that individuals who are interviewed for a particular case, keeps the interaction secret and only involve a third party, which here, can be the respective board, when need be.