Cardiff (UK), Aug.29 ANI | 4 months ago

It has emerged that a spectator was ejected from the second one day international played between between England and India on August 27 in Cardiff, Wales, for allegedly relaying information to bookmakers in the subcontinent - a practice known as "court-siding".

Because of the delay on broadcast feeds for televised games, betting markets can be manipulated by those with access to information from inside the ground.

Chris Watts, head of the ECB's anti-corruption unit, confirmed to the Cricket Paper, the UK's weekly cricket newspaper, that a man had been thrown out by stewards at the Swalec Stadium on Wednesday for "breaching the ticket terms and conditions".

Although not a direct attempt to influence events on the field, "court-siding" gives bookmakers a live window on the action and enables them to set their odds accordingly.

The man in Cardiff is understood to have been using two laptops and a mobile phone during India's innings, before being removed from the ground.

An additional ECB anti-corruption presence is likely for the final three ODIs of the series.

(Posted on 30-08-2014)

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