|Betfair, the UK-based online betting exchange, has teamed up with Cricket authorities to combat match fixing. On Saturday, the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) signed a memorandum of understanding with Betfair. |
The ICC released a statement saying the agreement is aimed at protecting the integrity of international cricket, which in recent years has seen allegations of match-fixing and illegal betting scandals.
The agreement means the ACSU will be able to request information which could identify individuals behind suspicious betting activity which could indicate match fixing.
'Over recent years cricket has come a long way in tackling the evils of corruption but it can never relax and become complacent,' said ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed.
'This agreement is part of our on-going commitment to the eradication of conduct of a corrupt nature prejudicial to the interests of the game.'
The agreement is similar to those previously agreed by Betfair with the Jockey Club of Great Britain and the Association of Tennis Professionals.
'We are delighted to be able to widen the breadth of agreements we have with the governing bodies of sport,' said Mark Davies, Betfair's Director of Communications.
'Working closely with administrators, and allowing them access to the information we have, is the best way to ensure that sport is kept free of crime.
'Betfair has no vested interest in the outcome of any event and our interests are absolutely in line with those who run the events. This is good news for the integrity of sport.'