ECB rejects ‘county cricket being lucrative match-fixing market’ claim

London: The England Cricket Board has reacted angrily to claims that county games in this country were a lucrative new market for Indian-based match-fixers because “nobody monitors them”.

“The message is getting home through our zero-tolerance approach, our education systems and possible impact on careers and livelihoods. But there must be no complacency nor standing still on this issue,” the Daily Express quoted a source, as saying.

He added that there is not a single player any dressing room on the English county circuit, who is still unaware of the work being done by the ECB Anti-Corruption Unit or the possible damage to their career of being caught spot-fixing.

His comments came after an undercover sting operation by Britain`s Sunday Times revealed claims by Indian bookmaker Vicky Seth that English county games and international matches, including the Indian Premier League (IPL), are being fixed.

“They are low-profile matches and nobody monitors them. That’s why good money can be made there without any hassle,” he had said.

The spectre of spot-fixing has never been more apparent than it is now, particularly in the UK where three Pakistani cricketers were jailed last year for their part in rigging parts of a Lord’s Test and a county cricketer, Mervyn Westfield, is in prison for accepting 6,000 pounds to bowl badly in a 2009 match.