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Panel recommends legalisation of betting in Indian cricket

The panel was established in January last year following the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

Chairman of an Indian Supreme Court appointed panel Rajendra Mal Lodha. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The Lodha Panel has recommended the legalisation of betting in cricket in India.

The panel was established in January last year following the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

Today, the panel, headed by Rajendra Mal Lodha, a fomer Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India, submitted a report to the Supreme Court after it was appointed to make recommendations to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to prevent fraud and corruption.

In its report, the panel suggests that the Indian Premier League (IPL) be managed by a separate body that is independent of the BCCI and that the BCCI be brought under the Rights to Information Act.

In addition, it recommends there be separate governing bodies for both the BCCI and IPL and suggests the establishment of an an association to support players.

The panel proposed various other methods to transform the BCCI, including that ministers and government officials not have BCCI posts.

If the recommendations are approved, a BCCI president will not be elected to the office for more than two terms.

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