Jodhpur: Indian police said on Monday they had arrested 13 punters for betting on the cricket match in Colombo where India crushed England to storm into the semi- finals of the Champions Trophy tournament.
Public betting is banned in India and, since a match-fixing scandal rocked national cricket in 2000, authorities have taken sweeping precautions against clandestine betting on international cricket matches. Police here said the bookies were arrested while they were raking in bets worth millions of rupees on Sunday's game in which Virender Sehwag and Saurav Ganguly smashed centuries to rout England. Police stormed the bookies' office in the northern city of Jodhpur on Sunday night and seized computers, mobile telephones, cameras and other gadgets used to monitor and record the match in Colombo, the officials said. India, who won the day-night match in style with 10.3 overs to spare, will now meet South Africa in the first semi-final on Wednesday. The Indian police fear Wednesday's crucial clash will once again see tens of millions of rupees changing hands through punters across the cricket-mad nation.
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