10th of February 2011 Author: Johnny Karp
Sports betting corruption receives another blow
The International Cricket Board issued an announcement this week that they have introduced serious bans to cricketers involved in a betting scandal. In this way, the organization made sure it sent a clear message about its position regarding corruption in sports: it will not be tolerated.
As for the bans, they were handed out to three Pakistan cricketers, which were found guilty of corruption by an ICC tribunal in Doha, consisting of Michael Beloff QC, Sharad Rao and Justice Albie Sachs. The players in question are former captain Salman Butt (banned for 10 years, suspended for five), Mohammad Asif (banned for seven years, suspended for two) and Mohammad Amir (banned for five years).
Together with agent Mazhar Majeed, the three banned cricketers are also under charges for conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments.
Despite the fact that they denied the claims that they were involved in spot-fixing - bowling no-balls to order for betting syndicates - in the fourth Test against England at Lord's, all three players were suspended provisionally last September.
A similar action has been recorded in India, where three bookies have been arrested for taking bets on the match between Pakistan and New Zealand. In a speedy action in the Vijay Nagar area, the police seized betting chits, cell phones and other equipment.
On the other hand, despite the fact that they are on the side which is often accused of bad influence on the sports market in terms of corruption, some of the online betting giants, such as Betfair, have condemned corruption in sport on a number of occasions, and they have also taken an active part in helping sports bodies and corruption investigators by pointing out suspicious wagering activities on their websites.
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