Spot-fixing: Turmoil in India makes Australia take a cautious approach

Updated: 25 May 2013 11:42 IST

Unlike India, sports betting is legal in Australia but there is a genuine concern to have a strong integrity systems around international and domestic competitions.

Even as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council find themselves accused of being prosaic in tackling spot-fixing in cricket, Cricket Australia is working overtime to ensure that in future, it is not embroiled in such a controversy.

Former AFL executive Adrian Anderson is conducting a review of Cricket Australia's integrity and disciplinary systems and has reportedly told state cricket associations that a particular global betting agency, each year, turns over 1 billion dollars from betting in Australian cricket. This is in sharp contrast with CA's own calculations of earning about 500,000 dollars a year from agreements with operators.

While unlike India, sports betting is legal in Australia, Anderson is believed to have said that there is a need for strong integrity systems around international and domestic competitions, adding that 60 per cent of the 1 billion dollars mentioned above is from Big Bash League and 'much from off-shore accounts.' (Read full report here)

Recently, Indian police said that their initial investigations revealed use of hawala money - a system where money is transferred through a network of people, mostly money brokers - which also means that tracing them becomes difficult, much like tracing money from off-shore accounts mentioned by Anderson.

While Indian cricket then, wades through the murky waters of money-driven interest in cricket, Australia appears to have cautioned itself and looks intent on keeping it's cricket and the money within the framework of legality and integrity.

Topics : Cricket Australia India Greg Chappell
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