India’s cricket body says opposed to legalizing betting

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has told the Supreme Court that betting on cricket matches is not feasible unless a central law to legalize sports betting is enacted and it is against such a law, according to media reports.

The sporting body was giving its response to a panel, which had suggesting legalizing sports betting as a way of cleaning up corruption in sports.

“Betting and gambling are prohibited by law in different states. The BCCI does not support betting,” the board’s lawyer, KK Venugopal, was cited as saying by Economic Times.

The Lodha panel had put forward a series of proposed reforms to help the sport recover its image, which has been tarnished by large-scale match fixing scandals.