The International Cricket Council (ICC) today (Friday) has announced the launch of an integrity app as part of its ongoing commitment to protect the spirit and integrity of the game.
The ICC Integrity App will give anyone in the game easy access to information they need to tackle issues relating to anti-corruption and anti-doping.
The app is designed with the needs of players, officials and team support staff at all levels of the game and across all formats. It ensures participants are equipped with the information required to ensure the game remains clean and their careers do not suffer due to lack of knowledge. The app will provide them with essential information and a secure platform to report any suspicious incidents or behaviour related to corruption or doping.
The app was received well by players and officials after a soft launch at this year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and will continue to be developed with more features, content and functionality such as videos and imagery to be added in the coming months and years.
ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said “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.”
ICC General Manager – Anti Corruption, Alex Marshall said “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.”
ICC General Manager, Cricket, Geoff Allardice added “The ICC has remained committed in its efforts to keep cricket free from doping and the new ICC Integrity App reinforces that commitment. The App provides players with clear anti-doping advice and guidance at their fingertips.
“It also ensures users have easy access to the most up to date anti-doping information to help make informed decisions. The app is a valuable tool that will help protect the health of players and maintain the integrity of cricket.”
Former India captain and current India U19 coach Rahul Dravid also lauded the initiative. “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,” said Dravid.
England ODI and T20I captain Eoin Morgan praised the App as “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.”
Former New Zealand player and current women’s national coach Haidee Tiffen said “The ICC Integrity App provides anti-doping and anti-corruption information at our fingertips. It gives you all the data regarding the rules and regulations which is necessary for everyone to ensure a smooth career, and protect the game. It provides a safe way to report any incidents, behaviours or concerns should the need arise. I congratulate the ICC for developing this app, which I’m sure will be of great benefit to anyone involved in cricket.”
Emirates Elite Panel ICC Match Referee Andy Pycroft was among the ones to praise the ICC initiative. “This app is a must for everyone involved in cricket, from grass roots club cricket, to the International game. No matter where you are in the world, it provides useful information on anti-doping and anti-corruption. It gives advice on how to handle difficult situations and is an easy way to report any incidents or concerns. Protecting the integrity of the game is the responsibility of everyone, from match officials, to coaches, players and all staff supporting the game we love. Download this app today and protect yourself, your team, your country, your fans, your game,” Pycroft said.