Police Investigate Two Essex Players
Two unnamed Essex cricketers are being investigated by the police following allegations of what the police described as "match irregularities".
A short statement from Essex police read:
"Following allegations received about two Essex County Cricket players involved in match irregularities we have intitiated an investigation and are working closely with Essex County Cricket Club and the English Cricket Board."
The news came on the opening day of the 2010 county season in England, with Essex making a bright start, scoring 325 for seven against Hampshire.
Links between cricket and betting have made headlines in the past, even as recently as May 2008 when West Indian Marlon Samuels was banned for two years for breaching International Cricket Council (ICC) rules relating to betting and contact with bookmakers.
Last year, during the Ashes, two Australian players were approached by a bookmaker but reported the approach to the ICC while in August, the ICC was also moved to carry out an investigation into a report that a bookmaker had been staying in the same hotel as Pakistan players in Sri Lanka.
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