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Hero Caribbean Premier League calls on ICSS to support competition oversight

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The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) have announced they will work in partnership to safeguard the integrity of the T20 cricket league for the 2020 competition.

With the Hero CPL proactively placing integrity at the top of its agenda, the ICSS, through its Sport Integrity Unit (SIU), will provide technical support and expertise to support the tournament to mitigate the Hero CPL competitions’ risk to match-fixing and international betting fraud.

By activating their international Sport Integrity Hotline, the ICSS will capture possible reports of corruption across the competition, analyse the collected data and provide training and investigative support when needed. 

In order to help identifying any suspicious betting patterns and manipulation of sports results, an international tailored betting monitoring system will be put in place for each match throughout the competition. 

Massimiliano Montanari, CEO, ICSS, said: “On behalf of the ICSS, I would like to thank the CPL for placing their trust in the ICSS and inviting us to share our expertise and support them in the area of sport integrity.

“The CPL continues to protect itself against the evolving threats that confront international sport. Cricket in the Caribbean has produced many world class cricketers, and I am delighted to see the CPL show such a strong commitment towards promoting the integrity in their sport.”  

Fred Lord, Director Anti-Corruption & Transparency Operations, ICSS’ SIU, said: “The Caribbean is an important region for the ICSS, and it is a privilege for the ICSS team to have this opportunity to work with the CPL, and their partners, to support them in the protection of their competition.

“This proactive action taken by the CPL sends a strong message to the organised criminal syndicates who are focused on corrupting and manipulating sport for their own financial gains. It shows that the CPL is aware of the imminent risks it faces and is prepared to ensure that the highest levels of safeguards have been put in place to deter corrupt and criminal behaviour.”

Andy Murphy, CPL’s Head of Security, said: “We are delighted to welcome the ICSS as an integral part of our overall security and competition integrity management.  The Hero CPL will benefit immensely from the professional support that the ICSS offers, and we are delighted to welcome the ICSS as an additional layer of security and oversight. The ICSS will become an integral part of our operational planning and will support our extensive network of partner organisations throughout the Caribbean and beyond to ensure we have a successful competition”.

ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:

First started in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. There was a combined broadcast and digital viewership of 312million during the 2019 season to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. In 2019 the tournament made a positive economic impact across the Caribbean of US$136million. Barbados Tridents are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Zouks and Jamaica Tallawahs. The 2020 tournament will take place in Trinidad & Tobago between 18 August and 10 September. For further information visit www.cplt20.com

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