County player approached to fix matches: report
LONDON: A county cricketer in England claims he was approached by an Indian businessman seeking to fix the result of televised domestic one-day matches, according to a report on Wednesday.
The unnamed player was told he could name his price for giving information about the result of a match and that other county cricketers had accepted money from bookmakers, the Daily Telegraph reported.
English county one-day matches are often televised in India and it is thought that Asia is home to most of the illegal betting rings who provide funds for bribing players or officials.
The revelations come just weeks after Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria and Es+++ team-mate Mervyn Westfield were arrested and bailed as a result of an investigation into alleged spot fixing - the practice of paying a player to perform a certain task such as bowling a number of wides.
The Professional Cricketers'' Association (PCA) was told about this latest approach on Tuesday and will be contacting the International Cricket Council''s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
Ian Smith, the PCA legal director, told the Telegraph: "The PCA are determined to work with the ACU to develop a workable protocol that allows players to come forward with confidence.
"We recognise that it is for the good of the game that players fulfil their duty to report approaches. We are aware of the concerns players might have over these issues and we will work with ACU to address those."