Betting in India should be legalised to stop corruption: Baichung Bhutia

Former India football captain Baichung Bhutia says the IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy is unfortunate © IANS

Mumbai: May 24, 2013

Describing the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing controversy as unfortunate, former India football captain Baichung Bhutia said betting should be legalised in the country to stop corruption in cricket.

“In Europe betting is legalised and you don’t come across such scams everyday in football like you get to see it in cricket. I think legalising would make it better,” Bhutia told reporters on the sidelines of a Football Players Association of India event in Mumbai on Thursday.

“It is unfortunate. Players shouldn’t be greedy. I think it was unnecessary. Just because of a few players you can’t say the entire game is bad or the sport of cricket is bad. Only few players do it. The game is bigger than any player,” he added.

Three Rajasthan Royals cricketers — India pacer S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan have been arrested along with several bookies with underworld connections in the IPL spot-fixing controversy that has severely dented cricket’s image in the country.

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