Mumbai, Nov 8 (UNI) Ravi Sawani was today named as the new general manager and chief investigator of International Cricket Council's anti-corruption and security unit (ASCU) here.
The Chief Executive Officer of the ICC, Malcolm Speed, addressing mediapersons here today, said that cricket has been dogged by the issue of corruption since 2000 and ''we have been able to stay ahead of it, for which we need the right persons at the right places and Sawani fits the role perfectly''.
Speed further said that Sawani will take over from Jeff Rees who will be retiring after holding the post since the inception of the ACSU in 2000. Sawani will begin his role in Dubai next week and, along side ACSU chairman Lord Condon, will work with three investigators and five regional security managers, the ICC chief executive added.
Speed said that Sawani who has worked with distinction in the Indian Police Service and the Central Bureau of Investigation which looked into the match fixing cases, will bring a fresh perspective to the job.
The fifty seven-year-old Sawani, speaking on the occasion, said that the best way to keep the game clean and corruption-free will be preventive vigilance which will include educating the people in the game.
He further said, ''Since the match fixing days of 1999-2000, the game has come a long way and the ICC has more or less been able to control all aspects of the game. I am sure we would be able to get on top of corruption and rid the game of this scourge.'' Mr Speed, speaking on the developments in the Marlon Samuels case, said that the ICC has a process in place in which the code of Conduct Committee, after studying the case, allows the member board to which the player belongs conduct an inquiry themselves. The report of that inquiry is then submitted to the ICC whose Code of Conduct Committee has a sitting and studies, reports and suggests what action is to be taken, he said.
''The same thing has happened in the Samuels case and the West Indies cricket board has been asked to conduct an inquiry after which the report will come to the ICC who will then study the report and take a decision. However, Samuels will be able to play cricket till the time ICC decides on whether he is guilty or not,'' he added.
Replying to a question on whether the appointment of an Indian to this job was indicative of the ICC view that corruption exists the most in India, Speed said they have tried to get the synergy with Lord Paul Condon representing the old world of cricket, that is England, and Sawani the new world of cricket (India) so that the ICC can get the best of both worlds and address this issue as best as they can.