Cricket is unique in that there are obligations within its Laws that require the captains, players and match officials to uphold the ‘spirit of the sport’. The ICC, too, plays a significant role in protecting the spirit and integrity of the game through the ICC Code of Conduct, the efforts of our Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), our Anti-Doping programme and our commitment to ensuring racism has no place in our sport.
Set up in 2000, the ACU is widely recognised as being an international leader in the fight against corruption in sport and we are committed to continuing to build on that success and reputation. The ACU works closely with numerous stakeholders, including member boards, players, support personnel, law enforcement agencies and betting regulators and has developed a strategy based upon prevention, investigation, disruption and prosecution.
The ICC has maintained an Anti-Doping Code and testing programme that is compliant with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency since July 2006 when the organisation became a signatory of the Code. This means, among other things, the ICC arranges sample collection from international players both in competition and without notice out of competition through the implementation of an athlete whereabouts programme. The ICC is fully committed to and leads the global fight against the use of prohibited substances in cricket.
Cricket has a rich and diverse history and our Anti-Discrimination Code and Policy for Members confirms a level of commitment from the ICC and its members to promoting and encouraging widespread participation in the sport at all levels free from any kind of racism whether based on race, religion, colour, culture, descent, national or ethnic origin.