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Newell: Education the key

Nottingham director of cricket and England selector Mick Newell thinks educating players is the key to minimising future incidents of corruption.

New Zealand Cricket has confirmed matches played by an Auckland Twenty20 team in 2012 are the subject of an ICC investigation into match-fixing.

The announcement followed a report in the Daily Telegraph that former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent had provided the ICC's anti-corruption unit with evidence of match fixing in as many as five countries.

"It's disappointing," Newell told Sky Sports. "We don't want our sport associated with events like that, or allegations like that.

"My players get lots of education, they are very well aware of what they can and can't do in terms of betting and having interests in that side of the game. It happens in other sports and it's disappointing when it happens to my sport."

Rare

Asked if he thought the problem was rife in cricket, he added: "I'd be naive to pretend it doesn't exist because quite clearly it does exist. I always like to believe it hasn't existed in games we've been involved with and hope that continues to be the case.

"In lots of different sports we've had people being picked out for different things and this hopefully is a rare event in our sport."

England batsman Ravi Bopara, meanwhile, has stressed the importance of players reporting any approaches from suspicious persons.

He said: "If anyone suspicious approaches you then you have to report it - that's the rule - and you can get yourself in trouble if you don't.

"I hope we don't get any of it in England. We don't want to ruin this beautiful game with that sort of stuff. My advice is to report it and let's keep this game clean."