Asian TV market exposure making cricket prime target for corruption: May

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London, Apr.18 (ANI): Former Australian off-spinner and the head of the Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA), Tim May, has said that cricket's exposure to Asian TV markets is making it a prime target for corruption.

Three years ago the ECB sold the Asian rights to county cricket to ESPN for 40-million pounds, opening up a potential TV audience of 75 million.

"The higher the TV market the higher the risk when it is being broadcast into areas where gambling is illegal. Typically, corruption occurs where there is illegal gambling," News of The World quoted May, as saying.

"It is up to cricket's chiefs to ensure that the anti-corruption education is filtered down to its domestic players as well as the international players," he added.

"Twenty20 is ripe for corruption. The shorter the game the more influence each incident can have. It opens up a great deal of opportunities for bookmakers to try and corrupt players," he said further. (ANI)

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