A spectator was kicked out of yesterday's cricket one-dayer between Australian and New Zealand in Canberra, after police suspected he was using a cellphone to transmit live 'in ground' information for offshore betting.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that police believe he was sending updates to a foreign bookie for live betting, in a practice known as "pitch siding," to take advantage of the delay, of up to 15 seconds, between real time and broadcast. Live bets could potentially be taken on run rates, over rates or amount of boundaries and sixes in an over.
The practice is technically not illegal, though is considered a breach of Cricket Australia's terms and conditions for spectators.
The spectator was queried before being kicked out of Manuka Oval by six cops during the Australia's first innings, the SMH wrote.
His removal is the first of a fan for 'pitch siding' this summer, though several occurred during last year's Cricket World Cup. In 2014, a British spectator as convicted of trespassing and fined AU$1000 after being caught 'pitch siding' three time during the Big Bash league.
Australia won the match by 116 runs, after posting 378 for six batting first. New Zealand could only manage 262 all out, in reply.
The final match of the three-game ODI series between the two nations will take place in Melbourne on Friday.