ICC to educate players on off-field behaviour

Educating cricketers on appropriate off-field conduct will be part of the ICC’s “improved” guidelines.

“The Board and committees were united in their commitment to making cricket a safe and secure place for everyone whether they are playing, officiating or working in any capacity,” said ICC CEO.   -  AP

Educating cricketers on appropriate off-field conduct will be part of the ICC’s “improved” guidelines to prevent sexual harassment and bullying of “children and vulnerable adults” under its ambit, the world body said on Saturday.

With the #MeToo movement taking the world by storm, sexual harassment came up for discussion at the three-day ICC Board meetings which concluded on Saturday.

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“The Board and committees were united in their commitment to making cricket a safe and secure place for everyone whether they are playing, officiating or working in any capacity,” said ICC CEO.

“An ICC Event Behaviour and Welfare Policy will also be introduced with immediate effect. This will address, in particular, the standards of off-field behaviour expected of Players, Player Support Personnel and others working at ICC events for or on behalf of the ICC or local organising committee,” the ICC stated.

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“The Board unanimously agreed to improve the current ICC policies and procedures around the protection of children and vulnerable adults as well as more widely in relation to protection against sexual harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour and improving standards of off-field behaviour at ICC events,” it further stated.