In yet another attempt to curb illegal betting in cricket stadiums, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all geared up to introduce ‘mobile court’ to prevent any malpractice in the gallery during the upcoming international matches at home.

The BCB has already decided on the matter during the inter-ministerial meeting ahead of the upcoming tri-nation, involving Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka which will be followed with a series against the Islanders. The tri-series will be held from January 15 at Dhaka before Bangladesh and Sri Lanka play a two-match Test series and two Twenty20 Internationals.

In the recently-concluded Bangladesh Premier League also, BCB had taken the measures to curb illegal betting. Police had conducted several raids during live games which saw more than two hundred gamblers being thrown out.

Police had conducted raids during games in the last season of BPL (Credits: BCB)

Nizamuddin Chowdhury, BCB chief executive, insisted that illegal betting is set to be minimised in the coming days as BCB is determined to reduce the illegal act as much as possible.

“We are taking some extra precaution [against preventing gambling and betting at venue] and had completed the required formalities regarding implementing it with concerned authorities,” Nizamuddin told reporters at Mirpur on Sunday (January 7).

“In the inter-ministerial co-ordination meeting for the upcoming international matches at home,” he said.

Talking about the mobile court, he said:

“There is a plan of setting up mobile court in the venue by the government as it was decided that provision of implementing ‘magistracy power’ will be introduced during the series.”

This is not the first time the officials have taken the step of raiding the stadiums. In 2015, at least four suspected bookies were thrown out of cricket stadiums. Last year, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission blocked 12 betting websites to stop gambling.

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