Gooch calls on ICC to act decisively to rid cricket of scourge of match-fixing
20:38 GMT, 11 March 2012
Graham Gooch has called for world cricket to put its house in order at the start of an England tour of Sri Lanka which has coincided with more allegations of corruption.
Gooch, England's record Test runscorer and now their batting coach, reacted to revelations in The Sunday Times that illegal bookmakers are now prioritising the English domestic game by warning that the war against the cheats is far from over.
'It's very sad that these stories keep surfacing,' said Gooch in Colombo where England began their preparations for a two-Test tour.
Calling the shots: Gooch (right) wants the ICC to move quickly
'Everyone now should be on their guard. It's a challenge for the game of cricket to put its house in order.
'The authorities all around the world
should all be working together to get things right and make sure their
players are well educated.'
An ECB spokesman insisted that English
players are now very well educated in the wake of scandals that have
seen three Pakistani players – Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad
Aamer – and former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield jailed for corruption.
'We have a zero tolerance policy,' he
said. 'We want to stamp these problems out with strong deterrents. We
are working with the PCA to make sure prevention has an important part
to play in detection.'
Controversy: Three Pakistan cricketers were jailed for their part in spot-fixing
England will go into the first Test in
Galle on March 26 knowing that they will still be ranked the number one
Test side in the world at the cut-off point of April 1.
South Africa's draw in the first Test
against New Zealand in Dunedin means England will take the mace and
prize money of 112,000 whatever happens in Sri Lanka.
Captain's job: England are about to embark on a tour of Sri Lanka