No excuse for corruption - Broad
Stuart Broad insists there can be no excuse for any cricketer to be caught up in corruption - and especially as the support from on high is so explicit.
As an England player, Broad has received plenty of guidance from the ECB and International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption education programmes.
Broad, who helped England beat Pakistan in the first NatWest International T20 in Cardiff yesterday, and will take them on again at the same venue tomorrow, has no doubt that all the right information is drummed into players from their point of entry into international cricket.
“As England players, ECB are brilliant towards us, and the ICC,” he said.
“We’re very educated on this sort of anti-corruption stuff. There’s an anti-corruption guy round the changing rooms all the time.
“I don’t think any player could ever have an excuse - ‘I didn’t know’, or ‘We weren’t educated’.
“We get hand-outs, handbooks. The amount of books I’ve got from the ICC at home, full of information - there’s certainly no excuse as players.
“As soon as you come into the England team, the ICC get hold of you; you’re put through this video, DVD, anti-corruption - everything you’re not allowed to do, everything you are allowed to do.”
It is an ongoing process too, he explained: “Every year you get reminded and get bullet points of what to do and what not to do.
"The ECB are pretty strict in regulating everything like that. We’re lucky with the board we’ve got.
“I don’t think as players there’s any excuse for not knowing, because we’re so well educated on it.”
Broad sees no reason why other boards should not operate the same policy.
“That’s where the boards take responsibility. The ECB are very regimented in the advice they give us,” he explained.
“I can only speak as an England player, but we’re very well educated on everything involved with anti-corruption.
“I don’t know what other boards do. But that’s the responsibility they have to take to make sure every player is educated.
“It’s not all reading. You get shown DVDs that are very watchable, very clear - it takes you back to when you were five or six, how clear it is.”