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Dean Jones says you’d be ‘stupid’ to think corruption doesn’t exist in cricket

Dean Jones believes you’d have to be ‘stupid’ to think corruption doesn’t exist in cricket.

Jones told 3AW Breakfast he doesn’t think there’s a sport in the world that is immune to it.

‘It is a problem. It’s a cancer in our wonderful sport,’ Jones said.

‘You’ve just got to keep it to an bare minimum.’

And Jones thinks the prevalence of sports betting makes the situation worse.

There are over 500 online betting agencies worldwide, with staggering amounts of money exchanging hands.

Just one, BetFair, turned over $1.4 billion on the Big Bash League alone.

He said Cricket Australia’s relationship with betting companies puts them in an awkward position when it comes to tackling corruption.

‘It’s a bit ironic that they’re advertising an online betting company on the boundary rope, and at the same time they’re having a go at the players to be careful,’ he said.

‘You can’t have your cake an eat it too.’

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