The frights regarding the involvement of bookies in the International Cricket, particularly those who have their rackets run across international borders re-surfaced once again during the second ODI between India and England as the police authorities were seen to throw a fellow spectator out of the stands for allegedly supplying information to some specified and recognized sub-continental bookies.
Chris Watts, the chief of ECB’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACSU), as being heard of, has confirmed that the attendants did manage to pull out a spectator for infringing the ticket terms and conditions. There were speculations regarding the broil that took place as the security guards and the policemen had to face a tough session in order to eradicate those nuisances and re-establish peace and tranquillity. Since the live feed is delayed by quite a few seconds (normally after a delivery is bowled), betting markets can be manipulated by those with access to information inside the ground.
According to the survey reports, the man in Cardiff was first suspected and then confirmed to have been using two laptops and a mobile phone during India’s innings of the 2nd One Day International against England, before being abolished from the ground. Another additional ECB anti-corruption presence is likely to be present and investigating thoroughly for the final three ODIs of the series.
Angus Porter, the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, said last day that there have been several other notable incidents of people (common or convicted) being asked to leave for so-called court-siding. The evidence they have pinpoints to mainly those high profile matches that are being televised not only in Asia, but all across the globe. And when there’s an opportunity for people to beat the TV delay if the match is being broadcast on the Indian subcontinent, they do so. So they are not necessarily corrupting the match itself rather they are putting up efforts to engage in certain possible corrupt activities in the sense that they are getting bookies fixing the odds even before the events are being watched on TV in across South Asia or be more specific, India.
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