Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, has said legalising betting in the subcontinent would make it easier to fight corruption and suggested having an independent review to come up with ways to improve the way the ICC currently combats the problem.
"If the industry was regulated you could actually work with them, monitor them better and everything would be legal so there is reason to go underground," Lorgat told the Times of India. So our view is if it was to be regulated it would make the fight against corruption much easier for us."
Lorgat's comments came a day after the Southwark Crown Court in London set an October 4 start date for the spot-fixing trial. Pakistani players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, and the player-agent Mazhar Majeed are facing charges of conspiracy to cheat, and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, following the Lord's Test last August in which they allegedly conspired to bowl pre-determined no-balls.