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Underworld mafias taking interest in cricket

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The CBI on Wednesday said there are clear signals that the underworld mafias have been taking interest in the betting racket and could take overall control of the activity, if not checked immediately.The CBI inquiry report said it appears that what may have been small-time wagering (which to some extent is inevitable) has now been replaced by an organised syndicate, and this syndicate has started interfering with the purity of the game. It has been the negligence of the police and other regulatory authorities that has allowed wagering to turn into an organised racket, particularly with the involvement of the underworld mafias. The game has lost a considerable degree of credibility already, and it will be a matter of national shame if the problems which are, to some extent apparent from the evidence gathered and narrated in the report, are not immediately and decisively resolved. With a large amount of money at stake in the betting racket on cricket, it makes sense for both bookies and punters to manipulate results of cricket matches and this has resulted in the underworld mafias taking so much interest in betting, the report said. UNI

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