New Zealand Prepares to Take on Cricket World Cup Match-Fixers

New Zealand police and politicians are preparing for the illegal activity that has attended recent high profile cricket matches.

The cricket World cup is to be held in New Zealand in February and officials are preparing a bill to prevent the entry of people with links to match fixing.

Superintendent Sandra Manderson told the NZ Herald they are aware of players having been blackmailed with sexually explicit photos by match-fixing syndicates.

“We know they bring in women into the country to fraternise with players,” she said. “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.’”

The New Zealand Crimes Amendment Bill has been introduced to Parliament to combat just this. It allows police and customs officials to stop the entry of anyone with links to illegal syndicate betting.

Another scam under the watchful eye of New Zealand law enforcement is ‘court-siding’. This is the practice of having a member of the syndicate reporting on the game from the ground. Because of the delay in TV telecasts those receiving the information are able to place bets before the bookies see what is happening.

Lou Vincent. Photo: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lou Vincent. Photo: www.telegraph.co.uk

The New Zealand public have very little sympathy for match-fixers. The recent high-profile admission of Black Cap player Lou Vincent for match-fixing caused a storm of outrage. The government is determined to stamp it out.

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