Gangs on the rampage in gambling war to pass cricket match information

Updated: Nov 16, 2016, 11:41 IST | AFP

Gangs are using instant messenger services to pass on match information to illegal gamblers and sport needs to act to catch up, the head of world cricket’s anti-corruption united said

Ronnie Flanagan, head of the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit
Ronnie Flanagan, head of the ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit

London: Gangs are using instant messenger services to pass on match information to illegal gamblers and sport needs to act to catch up, the head of world cricket’s anti-corruption united said.

Ronnie Flanagan, former chief constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and its successor the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), said sports criminals are also crossing into new sports having already become a thorn for cricket, football and tennis.

“They are becoming more inventive in how they communicate with each other and circumvent our measures,” said the head of the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption united.

“They use WhatsApp and other forms of social media to communicate,” he said after addressing the World Rugby Conference in London.

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