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ICC urges boards to be more vigilant

Press Trust Of India
Feb 17, 2012 at 10:04pm IST

Dubai: The ICC on Friday asked its member boards to be more vigilant as former Essex Player Mervyn Westfield was sent to jail for four months for his role in spot-fixing.

Westfield had pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced by a British court on Friday.

"While the ICC takes no pleasure from anyone being sent to jail, it is a decision of the court which we support and I believe would act as a deterrent to anyone who is tempted to sully the good name of cricket," ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.

Spot-fixing: Let's be more vigilant, says ICC

Mervyn Westfield was sent to jail for four months on Friday for his role in spot-fixing.

"In November 2010, the ICC Board required all Members to implement a domestic anti-corruption code which mirrors that of the ICC and the fact that this offence took place in a domestic competition is a timely reminder for us never to be complacent," he said.

However, it also appreciated the ECB in this regard.

"In the context of domestic vigilance, the ICC acknowledges the commendable steps taken by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in setting up their domestic anti-corruption ACCESS Unit," Lorgat concluded.

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