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No cameras in dressing rooms: Virk

October 18, 2003 15:45 IST

International Cricket Council Anti-Corruption and Security Unit officer N S Virk rubbished reports that close-circuit cameras are installed in the players' dressing rooms for the ongoing second Test between India and New Zealand at Mohali.

He said he had only asked for cameras to be installed at entry and exit points of the dressing rooms.

"I had briefed the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] secretary, S K Nair, to inform the Punjab Cricket Association officials about the ICC requirements for the Test match," he told rediff.com.

PCA secretary M P Pandove also denied that cameras are installed in the dressing rooms.

Virk had played a key role in the Central Bureau of Investigation's probe in the match-fixing scandal. He is one of five Regional Security Managers appointed by the International Cricket Council to weed corruption from the game. A former Superintendent with the CBI, he oversees matches played in India and Sri Lanka.

Virk also said it is pointless installing cameras in the dressing rooms because the players do not have to be monitored there. He explained that mobile phones are not allowed into the dressing rooms and even if any player does smuggle one in it would be eventually detected.

"Mobile records will easily give away the location of the player making mobile calls. Even if it is a pre-paid card we can track down the location of the player," he said.

The software to track down criminal activities has progressed a lot over the past few years and it is impossible for any player to get away if he is indulging in corrupt practices, he added.

ICC security managers and the regions they oversee: Bob Smalley (England and West Indies), Arnie de Beer (South Africa and Zimbabwe), Lt. Col. Nuruddin Khawaja (Pakistan and Bangladesh), John Rhodes (Australia and New Zealand), NS Virk (India and Sri Lanka).

Faisal Shariff