Legalise cricket betting, demands former sports promoter Aushim Khetarpal

first_imgOnce himself in throes of match fixation controversy,sports promoter turned film producer actor Aushim Khetarpal on Tuesday demanded a legal status to cricket betting as it will earn crores of revenue to the government which goes to thee pocket of bookies. Khetarpal was in Chandigarh to release his biography written by Kanu Priya.Aushim Khetarpal said that he had promised to the cricket world that one day he will come out with a book that will speak the truth and it is only due to the match fixing controversy that he was able to expose the corruption in the cricket.”There is nothing wrong in betting, only fixing is wrong.Where there is money there is corruption.The right measures taken by the cricket control board,supreme court and other agencies have controlled the corruption to some an extent.Now it is limited to individuals whether they will involve themselves or not. Betting gets a kick and adds glamour to cricket. It is like a share market. India should regularise betting  as it will earn money in the form of taxes that can be used for infrastructure,” Aushim Khetarpal said.Khetarpal said  betting has already been legalised in USA and England and there is nothing wrong if it is regularised.Owner of Radiant Sports Company of India  which pioneered a number of leading sports events including sixteen championship -Khetarpal also part of a bigger controversy of match fixing involving Stephen Fleming and Chris Lewis . He however got a clearance from Scotland Yard.advertisementGoing down the memory lane Aushim said that he had good relations with PCA chief which had offered to organise a benefit match between India and PCA.Aushim deposited a Rs 15 lackh bank Gurarantee to PCA for this match which was to beheld in July 1999. The animosity between PCA chief I S Bindra and BCCI chiefJagmohan Dalmia played heavily for Aushim.The BCCI chief did not allow Sri Lanka to come to India to play match which costed dear to Aushim as he lost Rs one crore in the deal.Khetarpal clarified that the match fixation allegations levelled against him were baseless and he was targeted by his rivals ( Dalmia).He said that he was a sports promoter and had met a former England all-rounder. But the cricketeraccused him of match fixing in an interview he gave to a tabloid. Aushim says it was a concocted story but the media splashed a series of news stories consecutively on the front page for 14 days which tarnished his image.The author has also mentioned the controversy in the autobiography ‘The Chosen One’.last_img read more