The BCCI’s new Anti-Corruption Unit chief Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala would not need betting to be legalised in India because it “encourages” match-fixing and feels his largest problem shall be stamping out “shady actions” from smaller leagues.
There’s a college of thought that legalising betting will usher in large revenues for the federal government at a time when most of it’s going unchecked. However Khandwawala appears at it in a different 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, up to now, has rightly not legalised betting,” the 70-year-old instructed 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 basically freed from corruption. Credit score ought to go to BCCI for that.”
Within the phrases of outgoing BCCI ACU chief Ajit Singh, legalising betting is one other means of controlling corruption within the sport.
Union minister and former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, too, had instructed 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 nations however the individuals who go into stadiums to observe the sport and watch it on tv they imagine on this sport and do not go to grounds pondering this sport might be mounted. We have to shield their perception that sport is freed from all corruption.”
Whereas the sport on the highest degree stays kind of clear, corruption circumstances have come to gentle within the native and state T20 leagues. With the shortest format thriving, Khandwawala stated detecting and stopping “shady” practices in these leagues shall be his group’s largest problem.
“Our high gamers are so properly paid that they’re miles from the menace of match-fixing. We must always really feel proud about that.
“Rooting out corruption from smaller occasions and leagues is a giant problem and we have to put an finish to it. We have to guarantee there’s nothing shady occurring in any respect ranges of cricket being performed within the nation. Moreover detecting, stopping any shady exercise is essential,” he stated.
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 liked the sport since childhood.
“A whole lot of good work has been finished previously and I want to hold that ahead. New gamers coming into the scene are most weak. We have to shield them.”
Khadwawala’s first project with the BCCI would be the IPL starting April 9.