News 5th January 2016

Lodha report recommends legalising cricket betting in India

Former Chief Justice of India, R.M. Lodha, submitted his report on reforming the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday. The report recommended the legalisation of betting on cricket in India, Lodha told local media at a press conference, as well as suggesting that match and spot fixing be made criminal offences. According to local media, the report also recommends the placing of limits of three terms of three years on BCCI officials, bans on politicians holding certain BCCI posts and registration of player agents.

The report was commissioned by the BCCI to examine how cricket is run in the country and how to make administration of the game more transparent. It is understood that the Supreme Court will soon make the report publicly available.

It is also understood from reports that the Lodha committee cleared Sundar Raman of allegations of betting and spot-fixing in the 2013 IPL. Raman resigned as Chief Operating Officer of the IPL in November, after the Lodha committee was tasked with investigating if Raman had been involved in betting on or fixing games. In February 2014, the Mudgal Committee delivered its verdict, finding that Gurunath Meiyappan, a ‘team official’ with Chennai Super Kings, and Raj Kundra, a ‘team official’ of the Rajasthan Royals who held an 11.7% stake in the franchise, were guilty of illegal betting on IPL games.

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