Brendon McCullum found the the procedures handled by ICC 'casual' procedures © Getty Images
Brendon McCullum found the the procedures handled by ICC ‘casual’ procedures © Getty Images

ICC’s former anti-corruption head, Ravi Sawani, said that it would have been stupid to charge Brendon McCullum for his delayed reporting of alleged irregularities. When McCullum was approached for match-fixing charges, Sawani was in charge of ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). Cricket authorities found it offensive when former New Zealand cricketers Chris Cairns allegedly approaching McCullum that appeared in the limelight after three years. When McCullum gave away his speech at MCC’s Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lords on Monday, he lashed out on the casual process by ICC especially for his evidence being leaked out ahead of Cairns trial. ALSO READ: McCullum’s stand against corruption commended by ICC

On the hindsight, McCullum found the investigation by the police far more professional. Sawani has spoken about few of these facts in an interview with ESPNcricinfo. Sawani admitted that ASCU took a well deliberated decision of not punishing McCullum despite his report coming out after three years after Cairns allegedly made it. Sawani said, “I took that decision that no action need be taken against McCullum. He was stating something three years late about an incident. No action was taken even though technically it was an offence. The player himself had come forward to report an approach about which we were not aware and it would have been stupid on our part to punish him for that.”

Swani defended further saying that McCullum’s allegations to ASCU did not fall in the right time as Cairns was playing in Indian Cricket League (ICL) and that is why it could not be recorded in detailed manner. Sawani further said, “We could not have used any part of what McCullum had told us against Chris Cairns in any manner because Chris Cairns was not under the ICC jurisdiction at that moment. He [Cairns] was accused of doing something when he was part of the ICL operations. As per the ACSU code Cairns had not done anything in any ICC-controlled match so there was no necessity for us to prosecute Chris Cairns. Also, because we had taken a decision not to prosecute McCullum for the delay in reporting an approach, there was no requirement for recording McCullum’s statement in a detailed manner.” ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum delivers MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture: Full transcript

As for the police investigation, Sawani mentioned that it was done to get more information from McCullum regarding Cairns, “The Met Police recorded his statement to criminally prosecute Chris Cairns and his lawyer [who was also acquitted] for certain offences as per the English law and obviously they went into great details as to what happened and exactly what was the cause of the statement that he had made and what happened thereafter. It had to be evidence recorded as per the procedure prescribed in English criminal law and then used during criminal proceedings.”