The Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) Player Agent Accreditation Board recently suspended an agent for breaching CA's Anti-Corruption Code.
Accredited Player Agents are required, as part of their accreditation, to comply with that Code that prohibits, amongst other things, the placing, laying or entering into any bet in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any Match or Event (as defined in that Code).
The Accredited Agent, Mr Jake Fraser, was notified of a suspected breach of Article 2.2.1 of the Code relating to the placing of five bets (for $1 or $2) in relation to a One-Day International match between South Africa and New Zealand on the 26th August 2015.
Mr Fraser acknowledged the contravention of the Code and voluntarily accepted the sanction offered by the Board of a 24-month period of ineligibility of which 21 months was suspended, on condition that he commit no further offences under the Code for a two year period.
The effect of this sanction was that Mr Fraser was prohibited, amongst other things, from carrying out functions as an Accredited Agent or participating in any form of cricket for a period of three (3) months until the 13th October 2016, at which time he could reapply to be an Accredited Agent on the condition that he undertake a CA Anti-Corruption education session. This period of ineligibility has now expired.
Chairman of the ACA's Player Agent Accreditation Board, Joe Connellan, said: "It is important for all Accredited Player Agents to realise that the placing of any bet on a cricket match or event, no matter what size and whether or not the match or event involves any of the players managed by that agent, is prohibited, as it has the ability to impact on the public confidence in the integrity of cricket. All Accredited Agents should ensure they are familiar with CA's Anti-Corruption Code, including updates to that Code recently published by CA."