Cricket: Cricket Australia go to police over leaked recording

If the reports are proven, the leaked audio would expose serious security flaws within Cricket Australia’s anti-corruption unit. Photo / Getty

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley has confirmed that the organization has reported an alleged security breach to Victoria Police after a confidential recording was leaked to the media.

The Sunday Age revealed that it obtained the audio of a telephone conversation between former CA integrity chief Sean Carroll and a woman who described herself as a “high-class escort.”

In the recording, sent anonymously to the newspaper by someone claiming to be a former CA staff member, the couple allegedly discussed the alleged cocaine use and sexual activities of an unidentified former cricketer.

According to the report, the conversation took place several years ago.

If the reports are tested, the leaked audio would expose serious security flaws within the AC anti-corruption unit.

Speaking to reporters at MCG on Sunday morning, Hockley described the allegations surrounding the well-known cricketer’s off-field conduct as “unfounded.”

“I saw the article this morning. Those reports are unfounded,” Hockley said.

“They are historical. Any theft of confidential information is a crime.

“We have reported it and we are receiving assistance from [Victoria] Police.

“It is really important that people can contact our integrity line with full confidence that it will remain secure.

“We certainly review our processes regularly to make sure they are best practice.”

In a separate incident earlier this year, former Australian goalkeeper Tim Paine retired as Test captain after historical text messages with a former Cricket Tasmania staff member were leaked to the media.

Paine was not sanctioned by CA for the sexting saga because the glove did not violate the organization’s code of conduct.

Australian fisherman Pat Cummins replaced Paine as test captain prior to the 2021/22 Ashes series.

When Paine decided to take an indefinite hiatus from cricket earlier this month, Alex Carey from South Australia replaced him as the trial wicketkeeper.

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