Chapter Nine: Match-Fixing and Betting
While the Lodha Commission recommends the legalization of betting, it also urges making match-spot-fixing a criminal offence.
The panel prescribes amendments to the BCCI and IPL regulations on Corruption, Betting and Misuse of inside information.
The following safeguards would have to be provided while making betting legal:
- Regulatory watchdogs to check betting houses and bettors.
- Players, administrators and others closely associated with the sport to give income and asset details.
- Bettor licenses.
- Penal sanctions on offenders of bettor licenses.
To sensitize young players to the dangers of betting and the benefits of ethical behaviour, the following measures are to be adopted:
- A Cricketers Handbook on the lines of Athletes’ Handbook, 2013 (prepared by Go Sports Foundation) containing the Do’s and Don’ts and FAQs.
- Lectures and frequent interactions with cricketers and sportspersons with regards to game ethics.
- Integrity unit consisting of former players of repute to act as guides and mentors to young players.
BCCI must coördinate with States and their police departments to create a special investigating unit to probe betting and/or spot/match-fixing incidents.
The database of undesirable elements (bookies, fixers, etc.,) maintained by BCCI-ACU is to be shared with players and officials.
Every prospective franchisee owner has to be verified for criminal antecedents.