Cricket Australia (CA) has established a dedicated integrity unit designed to further protect Australian cricket from threats of doping, match-fixing and other activities that may undermine the integrity of its competitions and the game of cricket.
The new unit will be responsible for overseeing CA’s anti-corruption measures, code of behaviour issues and the CA anti-doping and illicit substance program. It will also liaise with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and other ICC members to ensure CA is aligned with ICC and best practice codes and policies, and will oversee all disciplinary protocols for domestic cricket and player education compliance.
CA’s Senior Legal Counsel, Iain Roy, will head the new unit as Senior Manager - Integrity, reporting directly to CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland and General Manager of Legal & Business Affairs, Dean Kino. The new unit will also work closely with the CA Board’s Audit & Risk Committee.
Sutherland said Australian cricket has a long-standing, proactive approach to sports integrity management, and that the establishment of the CA Integrity Unit will provide a more focused and co-ordinated approach to managing and monitoring cricket’s efforts to protect the integrity of the sport in Australia.
“While there are no suggestions that any Australian players, officials or administrators are involved in corrupt or illegal activity, the threat of that behaviour impacting the integrity of our game in some way is very real and we have to be vigilant in our approach to managing it,” he said.
“By creating a standalone department dedicated to managing the integrity of the game, we believe we are well placed in the fight against corruption, doping and other illegal and harmful practices, ensuring it does not jeopardise the game’s unique place in Australian culture.
“We think this is a responsible approach to protecting the game under our jurisdiction. We need to ensure the Australian public has full faith in the integrity of the game and the way it is administered.
“Iain Roy has been directly involved in CA’s integrity efforts for a number of years and is well equipped to lead our work in this area as CA’s inaugural Senior Manager - Integrity.”
The consolidation of CA’s integrity functions to form a single integrity unit was one of the recommendations in an independent integrity review carried out by former Australian Football League executive and interim CEO of Cycling Australia Adrian Anderson earlier this year.