Farooq bats for betting in cricket

Backs BCCI Chief Srinivasan


Ganderbal, May 28: National Conference (NC) president and BCCI member Dr Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said betting in cricket should be legalized in India.
“If America, London and Dubai can do it, why not India," he responded to a question on the issue. “Betting should be legalized in India.”
He was speaking to media on the sidelines of foundation laying function of the Central University Kashmir here.
Dr Abdullah’s statement comes in the wake of the surfacing of the spot fixing and betting scam in the just concluded IPL cricket tournament in India.
Three players from Rajasthan Royals team- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan- were arrested on charges of spot fixing on May 16.
It was followed by crackdown by police on bookies across different states including New Delhi and Mumbai which resulted in the arrest of Gurunath Meiyappan, the Chief Executive of Chennai Super Kings team and son-in-law of the BCCI chief N Srinivasan.
The arrest of Meiyappan saw pressure growing on Srinivasan to resign from his post.
Dr Abdullah who is also a Union Minister however defended Srinivasan who has outrightly rejected to resign over the alleged involvement of his son-in-law in the betting.
“Why should he resign if his son-in-law was involved in betting,” asked Abdullah. “Tomorrow, if my son-in-law is found involved in something why should I be blamed,” he retorted.
To a question Abdullah said the day politicians are asked to resign from their involvement in the sports, the system would collapse. “No I don’t know how to bet,” he responded to a separate question on whether he has ever participated in betting.
Asked whether he would like to head the BCCI, he said, “No, I am now too old for that.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 28 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
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