Friday, October 27, 2023

England explores link to McCullum’s betting firm in cricket coaching.


The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is investigating whether the association between the Test head coach, Brendon McCullum, and a betting company breaches its code of conduct. McCullum, who has led England’s resurgence in Test cricket since taking charge as head coach last year, appears in advertisements for a Cyprus-registered online bookmaking company, 22Bet India. The ECB’s anti-corruption codes prohibit players, coaches and officials from participating in or encouraging betting on matches. McCullum’s association with the company began before he took over the England job last year, but he has appeared in the betting company’s recent YouTube advertisements around this year’s Indian Premier League. Google has now pulled the advertisements featuring McCullum. Earlier, a New Zealand-based support service for people affected by gambling lodged a complaint with the country’s Department of Internal Affairs over the advertisement saying it “legitimises and endorses the platform for Kiwi audiences”.

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