Almost a year after Interpol Secretary General Ronald K Noble mooted the proposal to set up an investigative unit to check corruption in cricket,the International Cricket Council and the Indian cricket board are yet to take a decision on it.
Noble also had a meeting with IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla a few months ago,but despite a positive interaction,there has been no development,with the proposal still being examined by the BCCI.
Since the cases of fixings involve people from across the globe and the betting take place in different countries,the investigators need a mandate to go beyond national and international boundaries, said a CBI official.
Experts say cricket needs to take a cue from football and Interpols project in Singapore funded by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) that aims to promote integrity in the sport and curb match-fixing.
If the proposal is approved,a similar anti-corruption unit for cricket will be set up at Interpols Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore by 2014. CBI officers will be part of the working group of IGCI.
Interpol can be of immense help in improving the integrity in cricket and can help instill confidence among the cricket fans across the world, said a top Interpol officer based at New Delhi.