Kent player reveals ICC charge in corruption case
Aug. 14, 2013
CANTERBURY, England (AP) — English cricketer Darren Stevens revealed Wednesday he is one of two people charged by the International Cricket Council for failing to report a corrupt approach made to them during this year's Bangladesh Premier League.
In the latest scandal to hit cricket, the ICC said Tuesday that nine individuals have been charged in relation to an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise — seven with fixing-related offenses and two with failing to comply with their obligation to report corrupt approaches that were made to them.
The ICC didn't disclose the identities of those charged, but Stevens went public with his involvement in the case in a statement released on his behalf by his English county side, Kent.
"I confirm that I have been charged by the ICC with a failure to report a corrupt approach made to me during BPL2 in February this year," Stevens said.
"I have not been involved in any corrupt activity and have not been charged with any and I am cooperating with the ICC and ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) in their investigation and prosecution of the corruption charges in matters relating to the BPL."
Stevens added that he is "totally against any corruption in cricket and would never do anything other than perform to the best of my ability in any game."
While the seven charged with fixing-related offense have been provisionally suspended by the ICC and are barred from participating in all cricket activities, Stevens and the other individual are free to continue playing until the results of disciplinary proceedings are known.
"I remain willing and able to play for Kent in all fixtures if selected," said the 37-year-old allrounder, who has never played for England in any form of cricket.