Cricket betting should be legal in India

The 2013 scandal injured the reputation of the cricket board.

According to a justice panel, the country ought to authorise betting on the famous sport.

India.- A panel appointed by India’s Supreme Court proposed on Monday that the country  authorise betting on cricket, sweeping changes to the country’s cricket board, that was rocked by a corruption scandal back in 2013, with allegations of match-fixing and crooked umpires.

After a year-long study of the sport and the activities conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the committee headed by India’s former Chief Justice R.M. Lodha issued its report, but his recommendations aren’t legally binding.  According to the text, betting “can be effectively dealt with by providing a legal framework” that would “serve both the game and the economy.”  Furthermore, the justice panel urged authorities to license betting operators.

Moreover, the committee recommends barring politicians from BCCI and also suggests introducing time limits on holding office. According to the report, government should monitor betting activities, imposing “strict penal sanctions” for those who are caught flouting the terms of their license, as well as for individual bettors.

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