legendary Rahul Dravid Included in ICC anti-corruption oversight group
Indian batting legend and former India skipper Rahul Dravid’s views are widely respected . Now the iconic batsman has been named in ICC’s newly appointed Anti-Corruption Oversight Group as part of the recommendation from its Integrity Working Party of the parent body.
“The oversight group will include the Chairman of the Executive Committee (under whose area of responsibility this function rests) and will also include former India captain Rahul Dravid, legal expert Louis Weston and independent anti-corruption advisor John Abbott, who was the Chairman of the Integrity Working Party. The Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Unit, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, and ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson, will also be ex-officio members of the group,” said the ICC in a statement.
Rahul Dravid is currently coaching the Indian team in the ongoing U-19 World Cup 2016 , which is being held in Bangladesh. “The oversight group will meet once a year to review and provide independent input into the strategy adopted by the sport to tackle corruption and its implementation, and to offer its advice and guidance to the Chairman of the ACU where required,” the statement added.
Dravid, the legendary batsman who led the dark horses Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, which also saw a low of his three team players arrested in the IPL 2013 spot- fixing scandal has been very vocal on the urgent need to battle corruption in cricket. In his view on the issue Dravid has time and again stressed on the anti-corruption measures to be adopted at all international and domestic tournaments, including the IPL, to keep cricket corruption-free. The Rajasthan Royals mentor, also reiterated the need for getting corruption-related offences in the ambit of criminal laws as another step to rid the menace.
“We have to remember that the IPL is a two-month tournament. Nine-ten months of the year, people are not with the franchises. Sometimes they are with their state teams or international teams and that is a long time of the year,” Dravid said. “Things like education and vigilance need to be followed not only by the IPL but by everyone else.”