The Big Bash League has generated enormous interest among the punters © Getty Images
The Big Bash League has generated enormous interest among the punters © Getty Images

 

Jan 15, 2014

 

The Big Bash League (BBL), 2013-14 has generated enormous interest from the betting industry as over $600 million are said to have been placed on the games this season. Cricket Australia (CA) is concerned with these developments, but have systems in place with their anti-corruption mechanism.

 

The Courier Mail reported that as many as $573 million were betted on 22 BBL matches on Betfair, the online betting giant. The rest of $30 million include some other online and corporate bookmakers. It was also reported that punters are going to the grounds so that they have some advantage over those watching the matches on television. As a result, they can place their bets faster as they watch the action live before it is telecast with a short delay.

 

CA’s spokesperson was quoted, “While betting on sport is not new to our community, the increase in its popularity in recent years has seen us take significant steps to ensure we safeguard the integrity of our competitions.”

 

Sean Carrol, who is CA’s security manager is in charge of the whole anti-corruption mechanism along with Iain Roy, the integrity manager. Sportradar, an external monitoring agency has been roped by CA and they will point out if there are any suspicious betting trends.