Indian women’s cricket team member approached to fix matches

The Bengaluru police are investigating an alleged incident where two bookies approached the women’s national team to fix matches in February before the start of a limited-overs series against England.

Rakesh Bafna and Jitendra Kothari are the accused who have been booked for cheating and gambling.

The two men approached the female cricketer pretending to be sports managers.The cricketer is believed to have recorded the phone call she had with Mr Bafna, which she later reported to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

It’s unclear when she reported the incident to the board but the board alerted the police on Monday, almost 7 months later.

The sports betting industry is the largest in the world, and estimated between $45 billion and $150 billion annually.

For a single one-day international match involving the Indian national cricket team bets almost amount to $190 million.

The Indian cricket has been hit by match-fixing scandals in the past, which included the involvement of the former captain of the men’s national team, Mohammad Azharuddin. The Indian Premier League (IPL) too has it’s fair share of betting scandals.