Authorities Warn Players Of World Cup 'Honey Traps'
Visiting International Cricket Council (ICC) officials making an official inspection of venues last week expressed concern over attempts being made at match-fixing during the tournament.
Local police and anti-corruption authorities, in a bid to prevent match-fixers and gamblers from affecting the tournament, have taken additional precautionary measures.
Authorities have also issued warnings to players about intelligence reports suggesting the bookmakers and their associates using sex as a weapon to lure players into corruption.
Superintendent Sandra Manderson, New Zealand police chief for the Cricket World Cup, suspects that betting syndicates will set up 'honey traps' to catch players in compromising positions and later blackmail them to take part in corrupt practices.
"We know they bring in women into the country to fraternise with players," Manderson told the New Zealand Herald.
"Afterwards, they'll ask the players to do something and if they refuse they'll say, 'Well, see these photographs? They will be with your wife, your neighbours, your parents.'" Manderson added.
"There are millions and millions of dollars at stake in match-fixing."
Police authorities are also working closely with the ICC and New Zealand customs officials to monitor and prohibit known match-fixers from entering the country.
Match-fixing scandals have created ripples in the cricketing world in the past. The latest incident occurred during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League where ex-Indian speedster Shanthakumaran Sreesanth was allegedly accused of spot-fixing and later arrested by police authorities for investigation.
Sreesanth was handed a lifetime ban by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) after being found guilty of fixing accusations.
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