Malta regulator signs data deal with International Cricket Council

20 April 2020

The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has entered into a data-sharing agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC), the sport’s global governing body.

Under the arrangement, the MGA and ICC will share data with each other, with the aim of tackling match fixing and other types of sporting manipulation.

The ICC, made up of more than 100 national governing bodies around the world, governs and administrates cricket, stages events, oversees playing regulations and runs an integrity unit to coordinate action against corruption and match fixing.

“This data sharing agreement with the ICC represents the Authority’s ongoing commitment of combatting match-fixing and other types of manipulation in sports,” MGA sports integrity manager Antonio Zerafa said.

“In fact, this agreement will allow the MGA and the ICC to share crucial data related to the process of detecting, preventing and investigating activities related to manipulation of sports competitions.”

Meanwhile, the MGA has served a notice of cancellation to Join Games Malta in relation to Regulation 12 of the Malta Gaming Compliance and Enforcement Regulations.

The MGA did not specify the exact breach of the licence, but did state that it had requested Join Games Malta submit in writing any reasons why its licence should not be cancelled within 20 days of today (20 April).

Should Join Games Malta fail to respond or demonstrate why it should retain its licence, the MGA can then proceed with the cancellation.

Join Games Malta currently holds a B2B critical supply licence, which permits it to supply casino content and related services to MGA licensed operators.