Sydney, Feb 17: Keith Bradshaw, the former Lord’s cricket chief who helped bring down Pakistan’s shamed spot-fixers, has moved to fire-proof Australia’s international and state players from the evils of organised crime.
Criminal figures use measures including prostitution and gambling to entrap then blackmail sportsmen in a web of illegal activities that can prove impossible to escape, News.com.au reports.
An agent, Mazhar Majeed, was filmed by the defunct News of the World accepting 220,000 dollars for Pakistan players Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and skipper Salman Butt to bowl no-balls at pre-ordained times in the 2010 Lord’s Test against England, the paper reported.
Bradshaw worked closely with detectives to arrest Majeed and bring the Pakistan players to justice and is again on red alert.
Bradshaw, now South Australian Cricket Association chief executive, has ordered special counselling for players in the aftermath of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) investigation of integrity in sport.
Bradshaw said they must educate their players and gave them another session when the ACC news broke, and they we have to be vigilant.
Bradshaw added the spot fixing opened his eyes, as a bet can be placed on anything, adding a bet can be placed on how many players come out of the dressing room wearing short sleeves versus long sleeves, bowl wides or no balls.
He said there is potential for anything in any match effectively, which is why they have to cover all forms of the game.
Cricket Australia fined former Test stars Mark Waugh and Shane Warne for providing incidental information to an Indian bookmaker during Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka in 1994. (ANI)