NZC discussed the issue at a board meeting on Thursday, head of cricket Lindsay Crocker said New Zealand would not be following suit like that of CA © Getty Images (File Photo)
NZC discussed the issue at a board meeting on Thursday, head of cricket Lindsay Crocker said New Zealand would not be following suit like that of CA © Getty Images (File Photo)

Wellington: Oct 26, 2014

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has reportedly revealed that it would not, at this stage, offer an amnesty to players who report corruption-related approaches as Cricket Australia (CA) has done.

CA took an initiative of offering an amnesty to players reporting corruption-related approaches, which states that players would be spared any penalty if they come forward by the end of November with any evidence, historic or current.

But, New Zealand‘s domestic cricketers would be shielded from public during matches and face greater security restrictions in light of the corruption crackdown ahead of next year’s World Cup, Stuff.co.nz reported.

CA’s unprecedented step is aimed at weeding out match fixing ahead of the World Cup and although NZC discussed the issue at a board meeting on Thursday, head of cricket Lindsay Crocker said New Zealand would not be following suit, Stuff.co.nz reported.

Crocker said that it’s a good idea on the face of it but added that there are also some potential downsides. He said that NZC is going to just watch and see how the Australian one unfolds because they have got a very short timeframe and they can watch and see what comes out of theirs.

Crocker said that Cricket Australia had greater resources to devote to such an issue because it had an in-house integrity unit, formed last year.

Crocker said that New Zealand does not have that capacity, adding that it would be interesting to see what Australia come up with and whether they come up with meaningful things.

Crocker added that then the NZC can consider again whether it’s something appropriate to their circumstance but at this stage they are not going to follow suit straight away.