The relationship between Brendon McCullum and bookmaker 22Bet India has raised concerns from the England Cricket Board (ECB) and England’s red-ball head coach. McCullum’s appearance in advertisements for the Cyprus-based company has also faced controversy in his home country of New Zealand. Google eventually removed the ads for violating policies.
McCullum’s link with the betting company became public six months after his appointment as England’s red-ball head coach. The ECB has released a statement regarding the matter. The ECB is discussing this matter with McCullum. The ECB’s anti-corruption code prohibits participants from enticing, persuading, encouraging, or facilitating any other party to enter into a bet related to any match or competition.
The Problem Gambling Foundation raised an official complaint about Brendon McCullum’s involvement with the Cyprus-based company, 22Bet India. The Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand later confirmed that the advertisements were misleading. And they do not regulate them. Furthermore, McCullum’s agent, Simon Auteri, declined to comment. But he said they were in talks with the ECB about the matter.
In January, it was revealed that McCullum had a partnership with the bookmaker after Emmanuel Adebayor and Julio Cesar became its brand ambassadors. The former New Zealand captain’s appointment as England’s red-ball head coach has been a game-changer for the team. They have an impressive winning percentage of 83.3% since he took over.
England will begin their Ashes campaign on June 16th
The English team had been struggling, winning only one of their previous 17 Test matches. This was before Robert Key announced McCullum’s appointment. The team’s success can be attributed to the ‘BazBall’ style of play, which has revolutionized Test cricket. And, with the first Ashes Test set to begin on June 16th, England seems to be unstoppable, led by McCullum and Ben Stokes.
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