ECB reports two cases of bookie approach to ICC

London: A concerned England and Wales Cricket Board has asked its players to remain vigilant of match-fixing elements after a second county cricketer claimed he was approached by bookmakers.

ECB said it has passed on the details of both cases to the International Cricket Council`s Anti-Corruption Unit as well as the police.

Both players remain anonymous and no details about the matches were given.

"The ECB is pleased that the system of anonymous player reporting is working and ECB`s board has reinforced the need to all players and officials to be vigilant concerning illegal approaches by bookmakers and others," an ECB statement said.

"The board takes this opportunity to remind cricketers and others falling under its jurisdiction that any unlawful activity of this kind entered into by anyone will result in disciplinary action, irrespective of any sanctions imposed by the law of the land, and will inevitably be dealt with severely, constituting as it would, a grave slur on the integrity of the game."

The second admission comes following a story in `Daily Telegraph` yesterday that an unnamed senior county player had reported to the Professional Cricketers` Association that he was approached by an Indian businessman to fix a televised domestic one-day match.

The player was told by the Indian businessman to quote "his own price" and that "things are already happening in county cricket".



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