ECB orders betting probe

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The England and Wales Cricket Board is investigating allegations that a player has broken regulations on gambling by betting on a county match.

ECB officials yesterday said that Gerard Elias QC, the chairman of the ECB's disciplinary committee, had launched a probe into the claims but refused to identify the player or match involved. "We're aware of the allegations concerning a player," the ECB's spokesman, Andrew Walpole, said. "The matter is being handled by Gerard Elias and he will consider what is the appropriate action to take."

The ECB's gambling regulations state that "no person may bet, whether directly or indirectly, for reward on any match, matches or series of matches, or any aspect of any match, matches, or series of matches". Offenders could face a five-year ban from playing or administration, and an unlimited fine.