Australia board confirms leak of confidential integrity report

Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley said on Sunday police were assisting the governing body after a confidential report submitted to its anti-corruption unit was leaked to the media.

Melbourne’s The Age newspaper reported on Sunday that it had received a recording of a phone call between a woman and Cricket Australia’s former chief of integrity, Sean Carroll, in which the woman alleged a player was using cocaine.

The woman, who described herself as an upper-class escort, said the unidentified player had been “snorting lines” of cocaine and dancing naked on a balcony while partying.



It was unclear when the phone call took place. Carroll left Cricket Australia (CA) a year ago.

Hockley said the woman’s report was “unsubstantiated” and “historic,” but that the board had contacted police about the leak.

“Any theft of confidential information is a crime,” Hockley told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. “So … we are getting help from the Victorian police.

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“Clearly, it is really important that people can contact (our) integrity line with complete confidence knowing that everything will be kept secure.”

The Age said the recording was sent to the newspaper via an encrypted email service from an anonymous address.

The source of the leak claimed to be a former CA staff member “who wanted to expose flaws in the integrity unit.”

Hockley said CA reviewed its integrity reporting processes regularly to make sure they were “best practices.”

The leak comes just over a month after a confidential investigation by former captain Tim Paine’s CA integrity unit was made public, prompting the goalkeeper to leave the captaincy and retire from the team.

Paine admitted to sending sexually explicit text messages to a former Cricket Tasmania staff member in 2017, but was cleared of wrongdoing by the CA investigation the following year.


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