Live sports data provider Sportradar has agreed a deal with Cricket Australia, the governing body for professional and amateur cricket in Australia, under which it will monitor domestic cricket competitions for signs of betting-related corruption and fraudulent activity.
Sportradar said that its Fraud Detection System (FDS) has successfully monitored a range of sports since 2004, gaining “unrivalled experience and expertise” in the identification of suspicious betting practices across the world.
The company said that the recent soccer match-fixing investigation in Australia, which saw world football governing body FIFA hand out bans to four players and a coach from the Southern Stars Victorian Premier League side last week, highlighted the benefits of Sportradar’s “extensive skills, technology and knowledge in this field”.
Sportradar detected the suspected manipulated matches, while its systems and databases were used to warn the authorities in advance of individuals of interest registering to play in their leagues.
Sportradar CEO Carsten Koerl said: “It’s critical in today’s world that sports governing bodies confront the threat of betting related match-fixing and have robust preventative, detection and investigation methods in-place.
“Cricket Australia is doing just that and Sportradar is delighted to be partnering with them to help protect their competitions against the threat posed from match-fixers.”
Under the agreement, Sportradar will monitor Cricket Australia’s Ryobi Cup, BUPA Sheffield Shield and KFC Big Bash T20 League domestic competitions for signs of betting-related corruption and fraudulent activity.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said: “Cricket Australia takes the threat of betting related match-fixing very seriously and this partnership with Sportradar is the latest step taken to help uphold the integrity of cricket in Australia.
“We look forward to utilising Sportradar’s proven expertise in this field and forging an effective partnership.”