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PCA asks players to stamp out of match-fixing

Published: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 17:03 [IST]
 
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London: The Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) fears that they will never be able to stop illegal book-makers from approaching the players, but have asked the players to keep the game as clean as possible.

The PCA has been the representative body of past and present first class cricketers in England and Wales, since the organisation was founded in 1967.

The PCA along with the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit is relying on players to keep away from illegal bookies even if they offer tempting money.

“You can never stop people trying to subvert the game," The Mirror quoted Ian Smith, PCA Legal Director, as saying.

“The incentive is always there to make a fast buck. The question is whether we can stop it with players turning them down and reporting it to anticorruption units," he added.

According to ANI reports England captain Andrew Strauss quoted saying, " It is happening and it should be stamped out."

“We''ve got a duty as players to make sure if we hear of it, or are approached, that we report it," he added.

The issue was disscussed following the arrest of Essex duo Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield over match-fixing claims during a NatWest Pro40 match between Essex and Durham at the Riverside on September 5 last year.

And even Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan on the eve of the first Test Match between England and Bangladesh had said that he was approached by some bookie over the phone to underperform during their series against Ireland in the year 2008.

Other recent allegations were when former Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam raised question's on Kamran Akmal's show in their tour of Australia where he dropped three crucial catches and the Pakistan team lost the series miserably.

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