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Cricket: YOU ARE A TARGET FOR THE FIXERS; EXCLUSIVE: Hussain men warned.

Byline: MARTIN ROGERS

ENGLAND'S cricketers were given a secret briefing on the perils of match-fixing by Anti-Corruption Unit chiefs on the eve of their controversial tour of India.

Nasser Hussain's squad were warned they are potential targets for match-fixers just hours before they jetted off for their three-Test tour of the sub-continent.

ACU chief Jeff Rees spoke with the players at the Heathrow Marriott and instructed the inexperienced line-up to be vigilant against the threat of unscrupulous bookies.

The timing of the meeting was particularly significant as India is still rife with illegal gambling on cricket.

It was estimated earlier this year that more than pounds 150million is bet on every international contest - with much of that wagered in India.

ACU bosses are in the process of conducting meetings with all Test-playing nations and recently spoke to players from three countries at the Sharjah one-day tournament. The meeting came as the International Cricket Council were preparing to implement strict new measures aimed at controlling the spectre of match-fixing around the world.

TV cameras positioned to cover the entrances and exits to player dressing-rooms and in the foyers and team areas of hotels is one of the new measures which will be put into place.

ICC head Malcolm Speed said: "Corruption has been cricket's toughest challenge and it needs an aggressive approach to make sure the game and its players are adequately protected."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2001
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