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The International Cricket Council (ICC) will work more closely with Interpol as part of efforts to combat corruption in the sport, the governing body says.

Alex Marshall, the ICC’s general manager of its anticorruption unit, met Interpol officials in Lyon last week to seek closer working relations. 

“The ICC has an excellent relationship with law enforcement agencies in a number of countries, but working with Interpol means we are connecting with their 194 members,” Marshall said.  

“Our focus is on education of players and prevention and disruption of corruptors. Where our enquiries reveal criminal offences have been committed, we will refer this to the relevant law enforcement organisations and this makes Interpol an important partner for us.”

Cricket has suffered a series of corruption cases in recent years. In 2011, Pakistan’s Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were found guilty of taking bribes to fix part of a Test match against England in a case that prosecutors said revealed rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket.

Earlier in 2019, the ICC had granted Sri Lankan cricketers a 15-day amnesty to report previously undisclosed information relating to corruption in the sport. That was followed by former captain and chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya being handed a two-year ban for refusing to co-operate with any investigation conducted by its anticorruption unit.