England Test coach Brendon McCullum has not breached anti-corruption regulations by being the brand ambassador for a betting company, the England and Wales Cricket Board has ruled.
The New Zealander has had a partnership with 22Bet and appeared in a series of advertisements for the Cyprus-based bookmakers, including encouraging people to bet on the Indian Premier League on his social media channels.
The ECB looked into the matter and said its anti-corruption code does not prevent players or coaches from becoming brand ambassadors for betting organisations.
“Discussions have been ongoing with Brendon over the last few days and the matter has been considered from an employer and regulator perspective,” the ECB said. “We can confirm that no further action will be taken.”
The ECB’s anti-corruption code bans participants from betting on games and “directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, persuading or encouraging any other party to enter into a bet in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any match or competition.”
McCullum has been England Test coach since May and has turned the team around.
England have won 10 of their last 12 Tests under the New Zealander McCullum, having previously won one of 17 Tests.