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Betting in cricket should be legalised: Farooq
SRINAGAR, May 28: Union minister for new and renewable energy and member of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Dr Farooq Abdullah today suggested to BCCI to legitimise the betting in cricket.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Ganderbal, Abdullah also came out publicly in support of BCCI president N. Srinivasan saying that there is no need for his resignation.

Dr Abdullah said, "If betting is legal elsewhere in the world, why should not it be legalised in India as well. “If betting is legal in Dubai, USA and other places then why cannot it be legalised in India,” he said.

The union minister strongly defended BCCI president N. Srinivasan, whose son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been arrested for his alleged involvement in spot fixing Indian Premier League matches.

"Tomorrow, if my son-in-law is found involved in something why should I be blamed and there is no need that Srinivasan should resign,” he said.

Dr Abdullah also said that investigation into the entire spot fixing is going on in right direction and truth will come out and people should wait before making any judgment.

The union minister is a member of the BCCI said is also heading the Jammu and Kashmir cricket association.

When the reporters asked him whether he would like to head the BCCI in future, he replied in negative by saying that, "No, I am now too old for that."

Several bookies as well as three Rajasthan Royals players, including S. Sreesanth, have been arrested for their alleged involvement in spot fixing.
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News Updated at : Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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