ECB statement on Mervyn Westfield
The ECB has issued the following statement in response to the court case brought against Mervyn Westfield at the Old Bailey today.
The former Essex bowler admitted a charge of corruptly accepting or obtaining, or agreeing to accept or obtain, corrupt payments. Sentencing was adjourned until February 10.
The ECB said: “This case has clearly demonstrated that there can be no complacency with regard to the potential threat posed to all areas and levels of sport including our domestic game by corrupt activities.
“It has also highlighted the need to further enhance player education around this issue and the ECB ACCESS Unit will be working closely with all those involved in the professional game and the PCA towards this end.
“This case sends out a clear message to all players and officials that spot or match fixing is a criminal activity and punishable in law. We will, of course, continue to do our utmost to ensure that cricket is free from any corrupt activity.”
The ECB will be making no further statement in relation to this case until the court reconvenes for sentencing on February 10.