HIGH STAKES

AN UN­DER­GROUND SPORT

India Today - - INSIDE -

“The scale of money in­volved in cricket- bet­ting is huge. Stakes are so high you can’t pre­vent it from cast­ing its shadow on the out­come of a match. There will be fix­ing to en­sure su­perla­tive re­turns. The World Cup is a great op­por­tu­nity,” says an In­come Tax Depart­ment joint com­mis­sioner prob­ing the IPL scam. In­dia is the hub of the global cricket econ­omy, and of its size­able black econ­omy. Mum­bai book­ies say that al­most Rs 60,000 crore has al­ready been placed in bets on World Cup 2011 matches that start from Fe­bru­ary 19. I NDIA TO­DAY, FE­BRU­ARY 21, 2011

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