India's Cricket Boss Exonerated in Online Betting Scandal

Published Monday, November 17, 2014 -
India's Cricket Boss Exonerated in Online Betting Scandal

India loves cricket but the game has been tainted a number of times by unscrupulous villains who have corrupted players and officials making for a great deal of controversy within the cricket community. The outcry for a safer game reached a fever pitch recently that saw the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Narayanaswami Srinivasa barred from his position while a Supreme Court investigation into match-fixing scandals that involved the Indian Premier League was conducted. A Supreme Court-appointed panel headed by a former judge Mukul Mudgal found Srinivasa was not involved in the scandal. The report confirmed, "This individual was not involved in match-fixing activities. This individual was not involved in scuttling investigations into match-fixing,"

The Indian Premier League, began in 2008, and features the world's top players enticed by large money by companies and high-profile individuals. Huge audiences watch the series on television and India generates almost 70 percent of cricket revenues and several Test nations are dependent on its support.

Gambling is illegal in India, although wagering on cricket thrives illegally through underground books. The IPL season last year experienced protests and controversy when police launched legal proceedings against several IPL officials and cricketers, including former Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, for illegal wagering and spot-fixing.

The panel also found that IPL chief executive Sundar Raman knew a bookmaker's associate and "contacted him eight times in one season."The panel’s  report continued to explain, "Sundar Raman admitted knowing the contact of the bookie, however (he) claimed to be unaware of his connection with betting activities," There was also "material on record to indicate" that Raj Kundra, owner of the Rajasthan Royals IPL franchise, also placed bets. "The individual was in touch with bookies and he had violated the anti-corruption code," the report concluded. Aditya Verma of the Cricket Association of Bihar, maintained despite the panel’s report that he should be fired and said the situation had tarnished the organisation.




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