THE most important thing about match-fixing in cricket is that we have to protect the game and young players coming through.
It’s all back in the public eye after Lou Vincent admitted to trying to match-fix a couple of county games in England, one of which was the T20 game against us in 2008 when he was playing for Lancashire.
I actually took the catch to dismiss him, but I can’t even remember it, to be honest. The game was six years ago and we play that many matches, and there’s that many wickets.
Obviously we have spoken about it in the team since it came out, but it doesn’t ring any bells.
I had no inkling that something was going on.
It might be a bit of naivety but when I play cricket I’m not looking for that.
You just sometimes think that a player is having a bad day but it is part of the game and not something you always question.
Things happen in matches but unfortunately this one has cast a bit of a shadow.
It’s just unfortunate that Durham have been involved in a couple of games now.
At Durham - and all other counties around the country - we have had meetings with the anti-corruption unit, where we get all the information on the right procedures to follow if you get approached.
Programmes have been put in place by the Professional Cricketers Association and the English Cricket Board to ensure that players are protected.
We have to give people the necessary tools and lines of communication to deal with it.
There’s a lot of information for players so they don’t feel alone if the time comes.
Each individual has their own breaking point and you worry about young players being targeted and influenced.
It’s like being a parent. You hope they learn lessons from how you bring them up, and they live how you want them to live.
But ultimately, they’ve got to take responsibility for their own actions and decisions.
There’s a lot of public knowledge on the Internet these days, and that’s one of the scary things for players. Sometimes you don’t know exactly who or what you are getting caught up in.
Organisations that you can get involved with can have criminal bodies attached to them. Everyone’s seen professional cricketers getting caught up in something from seemingly innocuous relationships.
As for punishment for players found guilty of match-fixing, or who admit to it, that is a tricky one.
Lou Vincent has been given a lifetime ban from cricket but I don’t know the full situation, just what I’ve read in newspapers, so I don’t want to be judgemental. I don’t know his circumstances and the circumstances surrounding the issue.
At the end of the day, someone’s life has been ruined and it’s tarnished the game we love.
Have I ever been approached? Well, all I’ll say is that you have to be good enough to influence the game!
I try to go through my career not thinking about the negatives and not think that way about the game and about players.