New BCCI ACU chief Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala in opposition to legalising betting in India

New BCCI ACU chief Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala in opposition to legalising betting in India

New Delhi: The BCCI’s new Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala does not need betting to be legalised in India because it “encourages” match-fixing and feels his largest problem might be stamping out “shady actions” from smaller leagues.

There’s a faculty of thought that legalising betting will usher in huge revenues for the federal government at a time when most of it’s going unchecked. However Khandwawala appears to be like at it in another way.

“Whether or not the federal government legalises betting or not that may be a totally different matter however deep inside, I really feel as a police officer that betting can result in match-fixing. The federal government, thus far, has rightly not legalised betting,” the 70-year-old informed PTI.

“Betting encourages match-fixing. So there shouldn’t be any change on this, we will make the principles extra strict. We are going to work on that. It’s a matter of nice status that cricket is essentially freed from corruption. Credit score ought to go to BCCI for that.”

Representational image. AFP

Representational picture. AFP

Within the phrases of outgoing BCCI ACU chief Ajit Singh, legalising betting is one other manner of controlling corruption within the recreation.

Union minister and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, too, had advised legalising underground betting and playing sporting actions final yr.

Nonetheless, Khandwawala, a former DGP of Gujarat, feels in any other case on the topic.

“Betting is likely to be authorized in some international locations however the individuals who go into stadiums to look at the sport and watch it on tv they imagine on this recreation and do not go to grounds considering this recreation could possibly be fastened. We have to defend their perception that recreation is freed from all corruption.”

Whereas the sport on the highest stage stays kind of clear, corruption instances have come to gentle within the native and state T20 leagues. With the shortest format thriving, Khandwawala mentioned detecting and stopping “shady” practices in these leagues might be his crew’s largest problem.

“Our high gamers are so properly paid that they’re miles from the menace of match-fixing. We should always really feel proud about that.

“Rooting out corruption from smaller occasions and leagues is an enormous problem and we have to put an finish to it. We have to guarantee there may be nothing shady occurring in any respect ranges of cricket being performed within the nation. In addition to detecting, stopping any shady exercise is essential,” he mentioned.

Khandwala feels his love for the sport ought to assist him immensely on this new position.

“Throughout my time as a police officer, I organised many (police) tournaments in Gujarat. I’ve cherished the sport since childhood.

“Plenty of good work has been achieved previously and I want to hold that ahead. New gamers coming into the scene are most weak. We have to defend them.”

Khadwawala’s first project with the BCCI would be the IPL starting 9 April.

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