London: Former England batsman Graham Gooch has asked the cricketing world to fight the menace of match fixing with unity.
Fresh reports on the influence claimed by illegal bookmakers were surfaced on Monday, with the English county game once again acknowledged as a potential target for corruption.
Gooch, England’s current batting coach, is dismayed by the recent wave of revelations, and wants the game’s most influential figures to unite in action against the problem.
“It’s very sad that these stories keep surfacing. Everyone now should be on their guard. It`s a challenge for the game of cricket to put their house in order,” The Mirror quoted Gooch, as saying.
“The authorities all around the world, the ICC, the ECB, the other cricket boards, should all be working collectively together to get things right and make sure their players are well educated as to the dangers that are lurking out there,” he said
“That`s the world we live in, not just in cricket but in other sports and in life generally. There are people who are up to no good who are trying to make a profit from these things,” he added.
Former Essex player Mervyn Westfield was jailed for four months earlier this year after admitting deliberately bowling badly in a 2009 fixture against Durham, while Pakistan trio Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were all sent to prison for spot-fixing in a 2010 Test against England.