ICC Current Affairs - 2019

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ICC World Cup 2019:  First Time an Anticorruption officer for each team

For the first time in world cup history, each participating team at upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 will have a dedicated anti-corruption officer attached with it. The move is to deliver a corruption-free tournament.

  • About: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will attach an anti-corruption official to all the 10 participating teams. The officer will be with each team starting from warm-up matches till the end of World cup tournament.
  • Previous Structure:  Earlier, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit had its personnel deployed at each venue, means that participating teams had to deal with a number of officials over course of a tournament.
  • New Structure: Now, the same anti-corruption official will be assigned to a team from warm-up matches (start of competition) till end of the competition. They will be staying in same hotel as that of players and also travelling with them to training and matches.
  • Significance: The move is aimed at delivering a corruption and fixing free World Cup.  By being with teams throughout the competition, it is possible that officials would be in better position to spot any potential corruptors who lurk might near players or back-room staff and thus identify any behaviour that may be seem suspicious to them.

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India’s G.S. Lakshmi becomes 1st Female ICC Match Referee

India’s G.S. Lakshmi ha becomes first woman to be appointed to International Cricket Council’s (ICC) International Panel of Match Referee. She will be eligible to take charge in international games with immediate effect.

Key Facts

  • Women Officials on ICC Development Panel of Umpires: now includes eight women, namely Eloise Sheridan, Claire Polosak, Shivani Mishra, Lauren Agenbag, Mary Waldron, Kim Cotton, Jacqueline Williams and Sue Redfern.
  • Earlier in May 2019, Claire Polosak became first ever woman umpire to stand in a men’s ODI.
  • Kathy Cross was the first woman on development panel of umpires retired in 2018.

About G.S. Lakshmi

Lakshmi, (now aged 51) was first appointed as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09. As a referee she has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20I matches.

About ICC

  • It is the global governing body of cricket and was earlier named as ‘Imperial Cricket Conference’.
  • It was founded in 1909 by representatives from South Africa, Australia and England
  • It is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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