London: The England Cricket Board has instituted an anti-corruption unit under a former police officer to check the kind of corruption that came to fore in last year's spot-fixing scandal.

"Jane Stichbury, a former chief constable for Dorset and member of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, has been appointed chairman of the ECB's Access Unit," the 'Daily Telegraph' reported.

The unit will liaise with the ICC's anti-corruption unit and the ECB's disciplinary commission.

"It will be responsible for the detection and prevention of corruption in domestic cricket as well as building on the player education programmes being run by the Professional Cricketers' Association."

Stichbury is among the first women to become an ECB Director when she joined last year after serving as a police officer.

"The Access Unit is a work in progress. The idea was approved in principle before Christmas by the board following last year's spot-fixing allegations," said an ECB spokesman.

"Jane Stichbury has been chosen to head it up as a very distinguished former senior police officer and one of the first women to become an ECB director.

"As well as working with the ICC's anti-corruption unit it is likely that the Access Unit will have an important role in educating players to protect the integrity of cricket. We are working closely with the PCA in educating players about the issues around anti-corruption," he added.

Stichbury is still working out the composition of the unit.

(Agencies)