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MGA partners with ICC to tackle match-fixing in cricket

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has signed a data-sharing agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC), to help tackle match-fixing.

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The deal will allow the MGA and cricket’s governing body to share data, protecting the sport against potential match-fixing and other types of corruption.

The ICC, which is made up of more than 100 national governing bodies worldwide, governs and administrates cricket, as well as staging global events such as the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

It also runs the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, as part of its Integrity Unit, which was set up in 2000 to coordinate action against corruption.

MGA’s Sports Integrity Manager, Antonio Zerafa, said: "This data-sharing agreement with the ICC represents the Authority’s on-going commitment of combating match-fixing and other types of manipulation in sports.

"In fact, this agreement will allow the MGA and ICC to share crucial data related to the process of detecting, preventing and investigating activities related to manipulation of sports competitions."

Corruption has been rife in cricket for numerous years, more recently with the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit carrying out a number of investigations into the Qatar T10 League last December, the inaugural edition of the 10-over formatted tournament.

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