In the recording, the woman who contacted Cricket Australia tells Carroll that she is surprised by the player’s behavior given his public profile.
“You need to back him up a little bit, back him up, like he’s dead, seriously back him up because I’m probably doing him a favor, if anything,” he says.
“I would not like to publicly let everyone who sees me party and snort lines.”
The woman tells Mr Carroll that there are “probably” videos or photos of the player participating in the reported activities, but refuses to provide any insight to Cricket Australia.
She says the last time she saw it happen was before Christmas, but she doesn’t say in what year.
“They celebrate a lot these guys,” says the woman.
Cricket Australia was not aware of the leak until an investigation by The sunday era. A spokesperson said the Victoria Police’s Sports Integrity Intelligence Unit had been informed, which was providing assistance.
“Cricket Australia takes this matter extremely seriously, which is why we contacted the Victoria Police,” the spokesperson said.
“We constantly review our systems and our controls around confidential information are continually improved and aligned with best practices.
“We take integrity issues very seriously and make sure that the appropriate action is taken.”
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said police had met with Cricket Australia but were not investigating the matter.
It is the second major leak in two months involving players investigated by Cricket Australia’s integrity unit. In November, former test captain Tim Paine resigned when his explicit texts sent to a coworker in 2017 were made public on the Eve of Ashes.
Carroll, who investigated Paine’s complaint when it was first reported to Cricket Australia, left the organization in December last year to take up the role of Victoria’s Racing Integrity Commissioner. Cricket Australia’s investigation into the complaint found that Paine had not violated its code of conduct.
Sports corruption investigator Adam Masters, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Australian National University, said recording confidential information made players vulnerable to blackmail and possible match-fixing.
“The big risk with that kind of information, if it went to organized crime, is that you are seeing problems in places like the subcontinent where organized crime has historically been involved with sports gambling,” said Dr. Masters.
“Players are much more aware of the interests of gambling and organized crime approaches [than they used to be]. However, something like drug use and prostitution really opens up that blackmail element in a very broad way. “
Integrity expert Catherine Ordway of the University of Canberra said sports organizations needed to develop strong protections for whistleblowers.
Dr. Ordway, along with Dr. Masters and Associate Professor Kath Hall, co-authored a report on sports corruption that contributed to the creation of a new national body, Sport Integrity Australia, last year.
“What we’ve found over the last decade is that most of the world’s biggest corruption scandals have gone through a whistle-blowing process,” he said.
“It is really important that whistleblowing processes are robust and protected and that people who provide information through these frameworks have confidence in the system.”
A spokesperson for Cricket Australia said whistleblowers are encouraged to come forward knowing that the security of confidential information is regularly reviewed.
“We are committed to ensuring that cricket is a safe environment for all, and we do not tolerate any behavior that compromises the safety or well-being of anyone involved in cricket,” the spokesperson said.
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