Recently, five Indians are caught red-handed while betting on teams and player in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. After finding the miscreants, Bangladesh police has made it clear that they would deport them back to their origin country as gambling and bet anywhere in Bangladesh is not only illegal but also a punishable offence.
The team of cricket officials behind the ongoing BPL is working very hard to make it free from the shackles of betting, and match-fixing as the popularity of match-fixing and gambling are spiking up every day in the popular cricket league. “We have been trying to catch them for a very long time, and when we found out that they were in the stadium only, we didn’t waste a single moment. After catching them, we handed them over to police as this is the right thing to do. It is now upon them to take further actions on the criminals,” said Jalal Yunus, cricket board spokesman. Among the five Indians, two of them were previously accused and caught betting in October during Bangladesh’s home series against England, last year, he further added. Authorities are taking all steps to ensure that the culprits are deported back to India”, quoted Nazrul Islam, local police head.
Though gambling is illegal in Bangladesh, the cricket league has been stigmatised by multiple betting scandals since its first two editions when the teams participating in the cricket league were ruined by a controversial match-fixing involving players and even the team owners.
Last week nearly 80 spectators at two cricket grounds were thrown out on suspicion of betting. The alleged offenders including 10 Indians were found using mobile phones to place live bets before the scores were broadcast on television and shared online.
It was even reported that in the last couple of weeks betting on domestic cricket was inevitable with restaurants, tea stalls and rickshaw garages served as venues to place bets. Though the cricket board searches stadiums to catch gamblers, betting or match-fixing are not stamped out the practice.
Last year the country’s communications regulator banned a dozen of gaming websites in a bid to curb betting on cricket.