Cricket Gambling in India Goes for Prizes

Published Thursday, February 26, 2015 -
Cricket Gambling in India Goes for Prizes

Cricket is considered the second most popular sport in the world with play beginning with children and finding interest by adults around the beginning of the 17th century. The earliest known reference to the sport was in 1598 with other references back as far as 1550. Rampant gambling on the sport characterised the game throughout the 18th century. Changes have been big with the migration of the sport to other parts of the globe creating international competitions.

India became a member of the “elite club” joining Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand and the West Indies in June 1932. Now cricket is the most popular sport in India watched and followed by millions of fans. The Board of Control for Cricket in India is the global leader in profits in the world of cricket.

The 2015 Cricket World Cup is in progress now and the Indian population is heavily involved in competition. Following the  tradition of cricket watching the Cricket World Cup is on everyone’s lips. Gambling is also still a big part of the tradition although sports gambling is illegal in India. Indian fans of the sport have taken to betting online at sites that don’t offer cash rewards but prizes.

The Economic Times India, reports that web locations such as Betmockers, India Bet, and Lagai Khai are seeing massive increases in visits. George Oborne,’s managing director commented in the newspaper that the sites, “provide a safe alternative to unregulated forms of gambling on offer in India.”

The Chief Executive Officer of Betmockers, Tabrez Sheikh said fans living abroad are also going online to participate, “Where during IPL (Indian Premier League) we clocked 13,000 visitors a month, with World Cup, even before it began, we started clocking around 22,000 visitors a month.”

Cricket in India has experienced some problems with match fixing over the years but the sport continues to flourish and attract major gambling money.

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