Fixing is un-Australian: Cricket Australia

Last Updated: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 10:43

Perth: Australia cannot even think that its player would be involved in match-fixing as anti-corruption is a deeply ingrained part of its cricket culture, Cricket Australia has said.

The fixing issue re-surfaced in England when former Essex player Mervyn Westfield admitted to have received corrupt payments during a County match against Durham.

The England Wales Cricket Board (ECB) then came with an amnesty offer to players to reveal past fixing approaches.

Cricket Australia though said it does not not require any such step as it believed in its system.

"What we are aware of is the very, very strong culture within the Australian team and throughout international and national Australian cricket, male and female.”

"It`s just an article of faith that it`s un-Australian to contemplate some of the things we have seen happening in sport overseas," a CA spokesman was quoted as saying by `Sydney Morning Herald`.

Westfield`s guilty plea comes three months after Pakistan trio Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed jail terms for spot-fixing during the Lord`s Test against England in 2009.

A member of CA`s recently formed anti-corruption unit, headed by security manager Sean Carroll, is present at every Big Bash match to safeguard against extra betting interest in the Twenty20 competition.

The unit attends random Shield or domestic one-day matches as CA feels there is no perceived risk in those competitions.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 10:43

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