Chennai:Former IPS officer and ex-CBI man, R N Sawani, will soon head the ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit.
He is expected to bring to the table rich experience in investigating match fixing and betting scandals.
He spent seven years in the CBI and investigated the match fixing scandal in India in 2000. He was also with the elite SPG with the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, for five years.
And just before opting for voluntary retirement from the IPS, he was managing the 1600 crore Tamil Nadu police budget at the ADGP Headquarters.
But 57-year-old Sawani, the 1977 batch IPS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, will continue on familiar territory and a much wider turf.
"My priority will be preventive vigilance. Many players earlier were not aware of the traps by bookies. It is very important to educate them about traps that may be lurking," he said.
His experience with the CBI prompted ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed to comment that given the involvement of Indian bookies in the history of match fixing, it is good to have a top official from India.
On Thursday, R N Sawani takes over from Jeff Rees, as the head of the ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit based in Dubai.
Of the scores of applications received by the ICC for this sensitive post from all over the world, Sawani was an automatic choice.
Against the backdrop of the Marlon Samuels case and the mysterious death of Bob Woolmer, Sawani says he is keen to work out a strategy to keep betting and match fixing at bay and provide unobtrusive security to players and spectators.
"Once the West Indies Board submits its report, I will study it and see how it needs to be taken further," he said.
"We must have a very strict code of conduct for players, officials, ground staff and everyone connected," he added.
Sawani will hold the post till the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent.