Cricket regulators focus on police deals to smash match-fixing

Cricket regulators focus on police deals to smash match-fixing

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Totally Gaming
The game has seen a number of match and spot-fixing scandals

Cricket could be on the verge of another major development in its bid to reduce the threat of match-fixing.

Sir Ronnie Flanagan, chairman of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption unit, told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that the body is close to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UK’s National Crime Agency in an effort to combat match-fixing.

The agreement would allow information to be shared between all UK police forces, and would follow similar schemes already in place in Australia and New Zealand, with deals also said to be close to completion in India and South Africa.
Flanagan said that the MOUs are vital as cricket itself can only take action against people within the sport.

“The benefits of the increased co-ordination are already being seen,” Flanagan told the newspaper. “We want MOUs with investigative bodies wherever world cricket is played.

“Our job is primarily about prevention. We as a unit must be seen as the players’ friend and exist to prevent the players from falling into the clutches of the predators who are trying to suck them into their web of deceit and criminality.

“It is very important that there is a recognition that we are not a police force, do not seek to be a police force and do not have the powers. We cannot investigate members of the public. We can only investigate people within our remit, players in the international game as far as the anti-corruption unit is concerned.”

Cricket has been rocked by a number of match and spot-fixing scandals in recent years. Former New Zealand captain Chris Cairns was recently cleared of charges related to match-fixing, while two teams and several players and officials were banned from the Indian Premier League (IPL) in relation to spot-fixing.

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