England bowler Brydon Carse handed three-month ban for betting on cricket

Brydon Carse is banned until August 28 (Getty Images)
Brydon Carse is banned until August 28 (Getty Images)

England and Durham bowler Brydon Carse has been handed a three-month ban from all cricket for betting violations.

The 28-year-old was given a 16-month sanction - 13 months of which was suspended - following an anti-corruption investigation by the cricket regulator.

Carse, who was awarded an ECB central contract in October, accepted the charges of placing 303 bets on various cricket matches between 2017 and 2019, though not on games in which he was participating.

He will be suspended immediately from playing in any cricket until August 28 but, provided he does not commit any further anti-corruption offences over the next two years, will not face any further penalties. Carse will still be allowed to train with Durham.

"While these bets were several years ago, that is no excuse and I take full responsibility for my actions," Carse said in a statement.

"I would like to thank the ECB, Durham and the PCA (Professional Cricketers' Association) for their support during this difficult time for me.

"I will be working hard in the next 12 weeks to ensure that I repay that support on the field when I am able to return to playing."

Carse co-operated fully with the cricket regulator, which noted he had "demonstrated significant remorse for his actions", with other "significant mitigating factors" considered by the regulator and the Cricket Discipline Commission when determining the sanction.

It was also stated there was no evidence to suggest any wider integrity concerns from Carse's actions.

An ECB spokesperson said: "We take these matters extremely seriously and do not condone any form of anti-corruption breach in cricket.

"We support the Cricket Regulator's decision and their consideration of the mitigating factors in Brydon's case. He has co-operated and shown remorse for his actions. We are satisfied that Brydon has shown growth in the five years since this breach and has demonstrated a greater understanding of his responsibilities.

"We are hopeful that his case can serve as an educational example for other cricketers."

Additional reporting by PA Sport.