CA warned of need for robust integrity

Former AFL executive Adrian Anderson has briefed state cricket associations on the need for a robust national approach to anti-corruption, telling them one global betting exchange turns over a billion dollars a year on Australian cricket.
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Anderson, who is conducting a review of Cricket Australia’s integrity and disciplinary systems, estimated that 60 per cent of that is from the Big Bash League, and much of it through offshore accounts.

The former chief of football operations for the AFL recently updated the states on his progress, and used figures from one betting agency to illustrate the scale of legal, regulated betting on Australian cricket, and the need for strong integrity systems around international and domestic competitions.

CA estimates that its income from sports betting, through integrity agreements with 25 operators, comes to less than $500,000 a year. These arrangements also give the sport access to information and the power to veto certain exotic bets.

CA chief James Sutherland said he was ”as confident as we can be” in the integrity of the BBL, which is monitored by an Australian anti-corruption unit. Still, senior officials recognise that the league is telecast live into the subcontinent, which has a vast illegal betting industry.

The spot-fixing scandal engulfing the Indian Premier League has served as a stark reminder of the vulnerability of domestic Twenty20 leagues.

The scope of Indian police investigations has reportedly widened to include Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who is on the International Cricket Council’s elite panel of umpires.

The ICC withdrew Rauf from the coming Champions Trophy in England following Indian media reports that indicated he was under investigation by Mumbai police.

”In the wake of reports that the Mumbai Police are conducting an investigation into Asad Rauf’s activities, we feel that it is in Asad’s best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy,” Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive said.

The ICC did not mention what the Mumbai Police were reportedly investigating Rauf for, and declined to elaborate. Rauf has been in India, working in the IPL, and the Pakistan Cricket Board said it had ”no role to play” in the matter.

The announcement came a week after three Rajasthan Royals cricketers, including former Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, were arrested and accused of agreeing to concede a predetermined number of runs from ”fixed” overs in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars during the IPL.

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