The International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the betting exchange company Betfair.

The aim of the agreement is to help protect and maintain the integrity of international cricket. Its terms allow the ACSU to access a greater level of information than they have previously been able to get from the betting exchange industry.

Specifically, the Unit will be able to request information which will identify individuals behind activity which has given rise to strong suspicion that corruption may have taken place.

ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said, ‘Over recent years cricket has come a long way in tackling the evils of corruption but it can never relax and become complacent. 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.’

Mark Davies, Betfair’s Director of Communications, said, ‘We are delighted to be able to widen the breadth of agreements we have with the governing bodies of sport. 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.’

The agreement will operate in a similar manner to those previously agreed by Betfair with the Jockey Club and the Association of Tennis Professionals.

For more details contact:

Brendan McClements
General Manager – Corporate Affairs
Mob: +44 (0) 7786 194 974

Jon Long
Project Officer – Corporate Affairs
Mob: +44 (0) 7946 545 090
Tel: +44 (0) 207 266 7912
Email: jon.long@icc-cricket.com