Corruption in cricket: ICC’s Alex Marshall on Mr X, Bitcoin and fleeing suspects

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The International Cricket Council set up the anti-corruption and security unit in 2000

From anti-corruption to anti-corruption.

Part of Alex Marshall’s 37-year career in the police involved investigating corruption in the force. If you’re immediately thinking of AC-12 and “catching bent coppers”, then he’s quick to point out that he has carefully avoided the BBC television show Line of Duty.

Now his brief is to fight corruption in world cricket. He’s a busy man too – the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption unit which he leads has about 40 live investigations and six men have been sanctioned this year alone.

You can take a look through some of the ICC’s decisions, which are made public,external-link albeit often redacted.

Revealing details of Bitcoin changing hands, suspects fleeing the country and liberal use of terms like ‘Mr X’, they are crime fiction in real life.

“Across the main cricket-playing nations, there are some where gambling is illegal, but that doesn’t…