Online Gambling Integrity At Risk From Match Fixing

Published Monday, March 07, 2016 -
Online Gambling Integrity At Risk From Match Fixing

Less than a month ago Pakistani cricket umpire Asad Rauf was handed a five-year ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India because of his involvement in an illegal betting scandal surrounding the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament. The official was found guilty of facilitating betting, disclosing inside information and receiving a gift or payment which brought the game into disrepute.

Now the sport’s global governing body, The International Cricket Council has announced that its anti-corruption unit has been able to prevent a new match-fixing plot and identify those individuals involved. Match fixing and illegal sports' betting are a threat to the integrity of global online betting operators and has been a concern for sports organizations and regulatory bodies.

Sir Ronnie Flanagan, chairman of the special ICC anti corruption unit a retired senior British police officer commented that the incident involved members of a national cricket team, although the country or individuals involved were not revealed.

Flanagan stated during a press conference, “Quite recently, we had reason to believe that members of a particular team had intentions to manipulate events in forthcoming matches,” "This was an international team, but I am not going to go into any details; the case is still under our investigation.

“Certain individuals we believe had intention to manipulate events, to facilitate betting on those events.

"When we come by a belief that something may happen in the future, bearing in mind that we exist to prevent corruption…we decided in this particular case that we would intervene immediately.

“We would bring together the entire squad, we would focus on individuals whom we suspected but we would remind the entire squad of all their responsibilities.

“I am certain that our action in that particular case did indeed prevent the intention of just one or two individuals. We have taken action in relation to those individuals and will be taking further action.”






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