Track Mushtaq's activities: ICC asks ECB

ICC has asked ECB to keep a tab on the activities of Mushtaq Ahmed after reluctantly allowing to hire him as England's new bowling coach.

updated: November 16, 2008 09:31 IST
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International Cricket Council has asked England and Wales Cricket Board to keep a tab on the activities of Mushtaq Ahmed after reluctantly allowing ECB to hire the former Pakistan leg-spinner, implicated in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, as its new bowling coach.

"We have agreed to give the ICC an undertaking that his activities will be monitored what form that takes will have to be discussed," Andrew Walpole, the press officer with the England team in India, told 'The Sunday Telegraph'.

Mushtaq was fined for his involvement in the 2000 match fixing scandal and his appointment as England bowling coach raised the ICC's hackles.

"The ICC takes the issue of corruption within the game extremely seriously and is aware of the sanction and criticism of Mushtaq within the Qayyum report.

"We will not tolerate corruption within our sport and expect the ECB to provide us with details and assurances that it would monitor Mushtaq's activities and performance during his tenure as a coach," ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

The mobile phones of England coaches are regularly checked by ICC's anti-Corruption Unit but the governing body wants "something far stronger than that" for Mushtaq.

The former leg-spinner is due to travel to India to join the England team but ICC's objections and some unresolved visa issues mean that his trip might be cancelled.