The Law Commission of India requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India to inform its member take on sports betting.
India.- Member associations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were asked by the Law Commission secretary Sanjay Singh “to forward the views of the association” on legalising sports betting in the country. According to Singh, the top law panel “considers that the views of your association will be valuable in formulating its recommendations on betting.”
As reported by CalvinAyre, the Law Commission was tasked to review the possibility of legalising sports betting and gambling in casinos legal by the Supreme Court, following recommendations made by the Lodha Committee to do so through an enacted legislation. The media outlet quoted an ESPN report that cites a BCCI official saying legalised betting in the country “can’t be half baked.”
“If you legalise betting, then who runs the betting houses? Will it be done by the government or will there be certain companies? Is there going to be a structure in place for those companies? Have you thought of a system where you need gambling de-addiction centers?” he said and added that the country is not ready to provide problem gambling treatments.
Sports betting legalisation has been on the table for years now and proponents say it will bring extra revenue for the government and reduce the amount of match-fixing scandals that have taken place in Cricket in recent years.