Has Indian Cricket become the new hub for fixing & betting? 4th league called for Match-fixing

Match Fixing & Illegal Betting in Indian Cricket : On Friday, a T20 League conducted by Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) came under scanner for betting and match-fixing. According to a report by Times of India, ACA’s own anti-corruption unit flagged the league and started a thorough investigation into the matter.

It is now looking into mass betting which took place during the matches with some cricketers, who played in the tournament. However, this is not the first time a match-fixing or betting incident came into spotlight in India’s sports circuit.

Over the years, the match-fixing and betting racket has seen a rampant rise, especially in the local cricket leagues. The result of it was, while some leagues were completely cancelled, others had to ban the players involved in it.

ALSO READ| ICC World Test Championship: Virat Kohli’s team India slips to number 2 as ICC implements new point formula

Here are some other Indian cricket leagues where betting and match-fixing has been reported

  • Rajputana Premier League:

It was a T20 league organised in Rajasthan. The first season started in July 2017 and included 6 teams from the state. However, the league was cancelled after Jaipur police busted a match-fixing racket and arrested 14 people including six players associate with the it. 

  • Karnataka Premier League:

In November 2019, it was a big news for Central Crime Branch (CCB) after it arrested an international bookie Sayyam for match-fixing in the Karnataka Premier League. Earlier, before the arrest of Sayyam, two players, both from the Bellary Tuskers team, captain CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested for alleged involvement in the fixing scandal.

They were allegedly paid Rs 20 lakhs for slow batting in the finals, and also fixed another match which they played against Bengaluru.

ALSO READ| BCCI set to grant central contracts to T20 players with minimum 10 games

  • Indian Premier League

It was the mother of all match-fixing scandals in Indian sports history.  In 2013, Delhi Police arrested three cricketers, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, on the charged of alleged spot-fixing. The three cricketers represented the inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals. Later, Mumbai Police arrested Vindu Dara Singh and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan for alleged betting.

On 14 June 2015, it was announced that two champions, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned for two years and were replaced by temporary teams, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions.

Besides cricket, fixing in football has also been reported.

  • Goa Professional League

Goan football, which was once a nursery for some of the best football in India, had hit its all-time lows after its involvement in the match-fixing was reported. The league in August this year (2020) has faced allegations of corruption after Sportradar- a company that monitors betting odds and patterns worldwide through a Fraud Detection System informed Asian Football Confederation (AFC) of the suspicious activities in a few Goa Pro League matches.