IPL Spot-fixing: India should legalise betting to stop corruption, says Geoffrey Boycott

The former batsman and noted commentator felt that the problem seems to creep up more frequently in the Asian region than any other part of the cricketing landscape.

updated: May 24, 2013 11:12 IST
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London: India should legalise betting to stamp out corruption in cricket, says former England captain Geoffrey Boycott who feels the menace of fixing, which has currently dented the IPL's reputation, emerges more frequently in the Asian countries.

"The way to stop it altogether, except for the odd one --but we're getting too many at the minute -- is this business of making betting legal in India. It's illegal, so people do it," Boycott told 'ESPN Cricinfo'.

"When beer was illegal in America during prohibition, you had all this illegal drinking and all these mafia-type people and so forth involved. And so you'll get the worst type of society involved in betting, from the bookies and that sort of people, when you have something that people want to do but it's illegal," he explained.

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