A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Sussex confirm players were asked to match-fix

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The ICC are concerned that bookies are now attempting to fix county games

England county side Sussex have confirmed that some of their players were approached by a bookie to fix their CB40 match against Kent in 2011.

The county side also noted that the International Cricket Council’s (ICC)¬†Anti Corruption and Security Unit had investigated the matter after the players reported what had happened.

A statement issued by Sussex said: “The club can confirm approaches were made to players regarding this game, working with the PCA, the club investigated and reported the issue at the time, passing all the information promptly to the ECB after the match.”

“In conjunction with the ICC, a full investigation was undertaken with nothing untoward coming to light, and the club’s prompt action receiving praise. There have been no further reports to the club concerning any Sussex matches. As a club, we are committed to ensuring that the game’s integrity is not breached at any time and will continue to take a full and leading role in the ECB’s endeavours to protect the game,” the statement added.

The issue has once again raised concerns that bookies are starting to expand their activities to different domestic leagues and tournaments besides the star-studded Indian Premier League (IPL).

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