ECB set to ramp up anti-corruption protocols amid development of live-streaming

The ECB are probably to herald new measures designed to safeguard the home sport from the specter of corruption.

At current, there are totally different protocols in place to handle video games that are broadcast and people which aren’t. However with the streaming of matches rising extra widespread and extra subtle, it’s anticipated nearly all of video games will now be handled as if broadcast.

In 2020, streamed video games – together with the Bob Willis Trophy last, which was considered by virtually 1,000,000 folks throughout 5 days simply on Sky Sports activities’ YouTube channel – weren’t topic to the identical strict necessities of video games broadcast in a extra conventional method.

The ECB’s integrity officers overview their protocols after each season to make sure they’re conserving abreast of developments. Before the start of the 2020 season, for instance, the usage of smartwatches was banned in all county cricket whether or not the video games had been broadcast or not.

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Though the ECB haven’t but confirmed their plans for the 2021 season – any suggestions must be signed off by the board – it appears probably that gamers, officers and help employees will likely be required handy over their cell phones, and another units which can be utilized for communication, earlier than play every day.

Whereas such a measure {may} sound easy, it’s more likely to require vital funding each by way of educating these concerned and by way of enforcement. For an organisation nonetheless coming to phrases with the influence of Covid-19 and having simply made greater than 60 redundancies, that’s not excellent.

However the reputation of the streaming companies has risen sharply. Now, with a number of cameras and devoted commentary groups, the county feeds should not simply the protect of diehard followers. In current days, Lancashire have introduced an intention to target the Indian market with their matches being proven on JioTv.

With an enlarged viewers, nonetheless, there’s a chance that some will search to use their entry to extra cricket. And with routes into extra high-profile matches already successfully policed by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, these video games might be focused with expertise suggesting these concerned will try and contact gamers concerned in ongoing matches.

It’s unlikely any modifications will likely be introduced earlier than February.

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