The Anti-Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has reportedly flagged up that a single Tuti Patriots versus Madurai Panthers match in the Tamil Nadu Premier League has witnessed illegal betting to the tune of ₹ 225 crores (£ 24 million).
National daily Indian Express, citing ACU’s confidential report to the BCCI, has reported that the watchdog has even asked the board to stop these domestic cricket leagues.
The confidential report, according to the daily, also states that the London-based online gambling company Betfair had stopped taking bets on Tuti Patriots matches after learning about the “un unusually high amount linked to an Indian State league”.
The ACU report is based on the findings from two research companies that monitor odds being placed for any team during a T20 league across the world.
It is on record that Tuti Patriots’ two co-owners had been suspended on advice from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s internal inquiry committee.
The paper, quoting sources involved with the probe, also reports that bookies and match-fixers had taken control of a franchise through an illegal deal with the team owner to run “the team in such a way that they make windfall in betting”.
Ganguly has said that the ACU will have to be strengthened if corruption across leagues continue and had added that the current set-up will be evaluated next year. “We are dealing with it, we are getting the anti-corruption system right. We have to get the best anti-corruption people and make it stronger. We will assess it, next year if it (corruption) doesn’t stop, if it doesn’t work then we will think of something else,” Ganguly said.
The Bengaluru crime branch, meanwhile, has made a number of arrests related to alleged corruption and spot-fixing in the KPL, with the most high-profile arrest being that of former Karnataka captain C M Gautam. The owner of Belagavi Panthers, Asfak Ali Thara, was also arrested as were bookies, other players, and support staff members as part of an ongoing investigation.