Cricket Australia confirms leak of confidential integrity report | Cricket News

MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive Officer Nick Hockley said Sunday he implicated police after a confidential report on alleged drug use by a “known” player was leaked to the media.
Age newspaper reported Sunday that it had received a recording of a phone call between a woman, who described herself as a “high-class” escort, and former Cricket Australia chief of integrity Sean Carroll, in which she alleged that a player was using cocaine and dancing naked on the balcony with numerous women.
Hockley has called the allegations surrounding the former player “baseless” and “historic.”
“I saw the article this morning. Those reports are unfounded,” Hockey told reporters. “They are historical. Any theft of confidential information is a crime. We have reported it and we are receiving assistance from the Vic Police.”
“It’s really important that people can contact our integrity line with full confidence that it will remain secure. Certainly, we review our processes regularly to make sure they are best practice.”
The Melbourne daily 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 their integrity unit.”
Carroll left CA a year ago.
The leak comes just over a month after Tim Paine stepped down as a test captain on the eve of the Ashes, then walked away from all forms of cricket, after it came to light that he was investigated for an incident. sexting with a colleague from Cricket Tasmania in 2017.
Meanwhile, Hockley said CA is committed to sending its team to Pakistan in March next year despite new COVID-19 concerns about the omicron strain.
Australia’s last tour to Pakistan took place 24 years ago, after which the series between the two countries were only played in Australia, the United Arab Emirates and England due to security concerns in Pakistan.
“We have just sent a (CA management) team to Pakistan. We are working closely with PCB and all authorities.
“It’s a really complex endeavor, we are very committed to touring. It is absolutely our intention to do it as long as it is safe to do so,” said Hockley.

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