Eng players` union also doubtful about ICC`s undercover plan

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 12:18 PM IST

London: After Australia, the Cricketers` Association in England has also cast doubts on the viability of having undercover agents posing as illegal bookmakers to nab corrupt players, saying it is hard to see the ICC`s plan being a "serious runner".

The idea which was termed neither "reasonable not lawful" by the Australian Cricketers` Association has been met with similar skepticism in England.

"I suspect it`s a case of ICC throwing out an idea which was intended to demonstrate they`re considering everything, rather than a fully thought-through proposal. It`s hard to see it being a serious runner," Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) CEO Angus Porter was quoted as saying by `The Daily Telegraph`.

The plan was revealed by ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat a few days who had said that, "perhaps one way of ensuring vigilance is approaching a player and see if it is reported, because it is an offence not to report any approach."

But it has been criticised by the players union in Australia.

"We all share the common goal of keeping corruption out of the game. However, in saying this we`re not convinced at this stage that a plan to effectively entrap players is either reasonable or lawful," said ACA chief executive Paul Marsh.

PTI