ICC stresses importance of vigilance over match-fixing
Thursday 20 August 2009
The International Cricket Council yesterday seized the opportunity to maintain that the game remains safe from match-rigging. The sport's governing body was keen to offer the reassurance after it emerged that an Australian player had been approached in the team's hotel after the defeat by England in the second Test at Lord's.
An ICC spokesman said: "The whole reason that the anti-corruption unit is still in existence is because this issue hasn't gone away and it is to prevent it happening. That is what happened on this occasion. The education process that has been put in place kicked in.
"The player has immediately recognised that somebody has come up to him who he doesn't know, asked him to go out to dinner and wants to be friends with him. The player says 'sorry but I don't know you' and that's an end to it."
The incident, however, reminds all concerned with running big cricket that it remains at the mercy of illegal betting rings still at large in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East. The anti-corruption unit is active in all international games and had to be especially watchful during the World Twenty20 earlier this summer.
"Thanks to that process there is a culture of integrity among the world's top players," said the ICC spokesman. "But having said that there is a need for continuing vigilance." English bookmakers expect to take up to £10m on the fifth Test, making it the highest staking match in the sport's history.
Detective novelist who wrote Death comes to Pemberley passed away peacefully at her home, aged 94
Sites using the popular Gigya comment platform were attacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA)
Phil Hughes injury: Cricket world reels as Australian opener 'fights for his life'
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund player ratings: Who was the star man at the Emirates? Alexis Sanchez? Santi Cazorla? Or Yaya Sanogo?
Phil Hughes: A swashbuckling, raw and talented batsman who had the world at his feet
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund report: Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez are on target as Gunners secure impressive victory
This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 1 'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Bollywood actress Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy after appearing in mock TV wedding scene