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ICC Act On Match Fixing Fears At Junior World Cup

Dunedin, Nov 23 NZPA - The International Cricket Council (ICC) will safeguard a potentially vulnerable next generation of stars by ensuring its anti-corruption unit will be at January's under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the threat of match fixing was not confined to the elite level when he officially launched the 16-team tournament in Dunedin tonight -- on the eve of the first test between New Zealand and Pakistan.

"We don't want to be complacent and be caught off guard," Lorgat said.

"We do realise from research we've done that these corrupt individuals start at an early stage in terms of trying to befriend the young and new and unsuspecting players. They will attempt to get into their heads."

Lorgat would not confirm how many members of the unit would attend the tournament which is held at four venues between January 15-30.

He offered no examples of players at previous tournaments being tainted by match fixing. "It's prevention rather than trying to cure a problem," he said.

Meanwhile, although the threat of terrorism is considered low in New Zealand, Lorgat said there would be no relaxation of security and the country would not be exempt from implementing new measures.

Lorgat said the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in the Pakistan city of Lahore in March inspired the formation of the organisation's dedicated security department.

The ICC would appoint a fulltime security manager in the New Year.

Each full member board, including New Zealand, must also have a security manager on staff by April.

"We don't take it (security) lightly any longer -- we've seen what happens," Lorgat said.

 

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