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The importance of early reporting and preserving evidence: lessons from the Brendan Taylor cricket corruption case

In this article for LawInSport, Craig Hogg and Caroline Timoney review the case of Brendan Taylor and the decision by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban the former member of Zimbabwe’s national cricket team from all forms of cricket for three-and-a-half years.


Mr Taylor accepted four charges of breaching corruption regulations under the ICC’s 2018 Anti-Corruption Code for Participants (Code), and a separate charge of doping under the ICC Anti-Doping Code.


The Taylor case is a stark reminder that even those cricketers who self-report to the ICC still stand to receive heavy penalties in circumstances where corruption is identified, and the importance of the preservation of mobile communications with third parties in allowing the ICC to properly investigate possible misconduct.


The case also underscores the environment for corruption which can exist in less well-resourced cricketing nations and the need for the ICC to tackle the problems associated with poor financial incentives provided to players.


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