Players shouldn’t have excuses if caught fixing: Broad

Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 22:04 PM IST

Cardiff: There cannot be an excuse for players who are involved in match fixing as international cricketers are given enough education on avoiding corruption, feels England fast bowler Stuart Broad.

“We’re very educated on this anti-corruption stuff. There’s an anti-corruption guy around the changing rooms all the time. I don’t think any player could ever have an excuse like ‘I didn’t know,’ or ‘We weren’t educated’,” Broad said.

“The amount of books I’ve got from the ICC at home, full of information: there’s certainly no excuse as players,” he added.

The 24-year-old said the England and Wales Cricket Board are strict about corruption and they regularly keep reminding the cricketers of their responsibilities.

“Every year you get reminded and get bullet points of what to do and what not to do. The ECB are pretty strict in regulating everything like that. We’re lucky with the board we’ve got,” he said.

“I don’t know what other boards do. But that’s the responsibility that they have to take to make sure every player is educated,” he added.

Broad, who was part of the English team that defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the first Twenty20 International on Sunday, said he got his first education on avoiding corruption at the age of 19.

“When you come into the England team, the ICC show you this anti-corruption DVD, everything you are allowed and not allow to do,” Broad said.

“So it’s not all reading. The DVDs are very watchable, very clear. It takes you back to when you were five or six, how clear it is.”

PTI