Panel claims IPL betting should be legalised

Panel claims IPL betting should be legalised

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Totally Gaming
Cricket in India has been rocked by a number of scandals

Sports betting should be legalised in India, according to a Supreme Court-appointed panel considering reforms to the country’s cricket board.

The panel’s report, seen by the AFP news agency, said that allowing and regulating betting would be helpful for the Indian economy and also be beneficial to cricket.

The panel, headed by former chief justice Rajendra Mal Lodha, was appointed after a string of corruption scandals at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), including allegations of corruption, match-fixing and crooked umpires within the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 competition.

“As far as betting alone is concerned … it would serve both the game and economy if it were legalised,” the report said, with several riders.

Lodha’s panel was formed in January 2015 to recommend changes after the country’s top court found two IPL franchise owners guilty of betting on the outcome of matches in 2013. In July it suspended the Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) teams.

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