Mafia has turned cricket ball tournament in India, which has the biggest attraction in the world, into a fake contest to profit “gigantic” through the illegal betting market.
Currently, cricket tournaments are on a downward trend, including in England, the country where the sport was born. However, in India, cricket has a strong attraction, even seen as a “religion”.
As described by the BBC, cricket creates a strange national unity in India, because when a match takes place, the roads become empty, the wedding must be postponed, even the activities of hospitals or congressional meetings were also rescheduled. The whole country, from the poor to the rich, the rural or the urban, the Hindus or Muslims, etc. put aside their work to watch the struggles.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) professional cricket tournament is held every year with 11 participating clubs with an audience equal to 10 tournaments in other countries combined. This “crazy” attraction has helped IPL in 2014 gain a brand value of up to US $ 7.2 billion and is the main source of support for the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Meanwhile, since its inception in 2008, IPL has created a betting market with revenue of about US $ 60 billion, but half of that has fallen to illegal betting lines via websites from Karachi. (Pakistan) to Mumbai (India), Hong Kong and Dubai (UAE). However, hidden behind the glitz, the results of the IPL competitions are mostly orchestrated by the notorious mafia gangs in India and Asia.
In May, Indian cricket fans were outraged when the IPL scandals began to come to light after a series of arrests. First, Dehli police proceeded to arrest three stars of the Rajasthan Royals Club, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan immediately after a match in Mumbai due to the result of the settlement line.