Cricket betting and match-fixing have been a regular issue in modern-day cricket. Amidst all the match-fixing news coming out of the Karnataka Premier League which has put the league in doubts, a piece of news of cricket betting has come out from the ongoing historic day-night Test between India and Bangladesh at the historic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Meanwhile, the host has so far dominated the Test match and looks in line to seal the game by today. Mushfiqur Rahim’s 70-ball stay helped Bangladesh push the game into the third day before India dominated the first five sessions of the Test match in Kolkata. After bowling out Bangladesh for 106 with a five-wicket haul from Ishant Sharma, India took a 243 runs leads before declaring banking on a century from Virat Kohli.
Five booked for cricket betting
Kohli & Co had enough time to bowl out Bangladesh and started in a similar fashion with Ishant helping India reduce the Bangla Tigers to 13 for four before Mushfiqur’s outstanding knock forced the game to the next day. Amidst India’s dominance, three spectators were arrested from the Eden Gardens on Saturday for running a cricket betting racket by watching live. The police also held two others after getting information from the other three.
Acting on a source’s information regarding cricket betting, city police detective department’s anti-rowdy section kept prolonged watch on F1 and G1 blocks and arrested the three persons for engaging in cricket betting by seeing the live match and using the telecast lag. The Police seized ten mobile phones and four gadgets from the accused.
“After prolonged watch they were able to identify and nab Sambhu Dayal, 40, Mukesh Gare, 46, and Chetan Sharma, 31, from G1 block for allegedly engaging in cricket betting using the betting app in their mobile phones. While Dayal is from Rajasthan’s Chitore district, Gare and Sharma hail from Indore and Guna districts respectively in Madhya Pradesh,” city police’s Joint Commissioner, Crime, Murlidhar Sharma said.
A case under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the West Bengal Gambling Act has been recorded at Maidan police station. Total cash of Rs. 1.4 lakh was seized from the five arrested persons.