Cricket is renowned for strong ethical values of fair play and sportsmanship and the ICC aspires to the highest ethical standards in its governance and administration of the sport. This is essential to safeguard the integrity and the reputation of cricket, to maintain confidence in the ICC as the custodian of the sport, and to allow it to secure the long-term health and vitality of cricket at all levels.
Against this backdrop, the ICC has adopted a Code of Ethics, establishing clear ethical standards to govern the activities of persons directing and supporting the ICC as the international governing body of the sport.
The overriding objectives of the Code of Ethics are to enhance the reputation of the ICC, to foster public confidence in the ICC’s governance and administration of the sport of cricket worldwide and in particular to strengthen its authority to deal with corruption. As the guardians of the sport internationally and because Officials operate in the public spotlight, they are expected to conduct their affairs on a basis consistent with the great trust that has been placed in them. This requires their behaviour to conform to the highest standards of honesty, impartiality, equity and integrity when discharging their duties and responsibilities. Officials’ actions must be dedicated to the promotion and development of the sport of cricket worldwide.
In order to administer the application and implementation of the Code, the ICC Board has appointed an independent Ethics Officer who is given primary responsibility for this task.