ECB chairman describes pirate websites as the 'biggest threat' for cricket

Around 700 illegal portals were closed down during India’s tour of England last year, Giles Clarke informed Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jan 26, 2012

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke on Thursday expressed that the internet portals which are offering illegal live streaming of cricket matches, is the biggest problem affecting the game.

The game’s financial structure is highly dependent on th broadcasting rights deals, which can be compromised by pirate websites showing matches live on the internet, The Press Association said in a report.

The ECB chairman said, “We all have to be very vigilant. There are a huge number of pirate websites streaming cricket on the internet taken from television broadcasts – we and our broadcasters closed down 700 during last summer’s series against India. It’s an extremely complex procedure, but it can be done and it has to be done.”

“That is the biggest danger to cricket, because they take money out of the game without commercial benefit to us. They are being used by the bookmakers as well. The problem of pirate site streaming is very big for sport,” he added.