In order to control bettors and maintain discipline inside the stadium during games, the BCB along with the aid from concerned ministries has set up a mobile court.
The bettors in the stadium do not affect the actions in the game but are participating in gambling with the advantage of real-time broadcast during cricket matches. With the help of the mobile court anyone caught involved in wrongdoing during the game in the stadium will be brought to immediate legal action.
“There is no particular law to bring a bettor under the law but we can charge him for causing public nuisance. There are some notices and bans placed by the government on a few things and betting is one of them. So if anyone is caught betting in the stadium we can charge him for breaching government order and impose him with 186 and 188 penal code. Under these codes a person can be fined and also jailed,” Boshiur Rahman, Executive Magistrate, Dhaka Metropolitan Area, told the media Friday.
Growth of cricket in Bangladesh saw an increase in betting patterns across the country. The governing body of cricket in the country in the last edition of the BPL T20 held in December last year caught around 200 bettors, both local and foreigners, from inside the stadium. By using mobile phone, the bookmakers are carrying out these heinous acts sitting in the galleries of the stadium.
However the BCB could not bring the crooks under the law, given that the constitution of the country does not have laws against corruption in sports as of yet. A student was killed in the capital during BPL 5 and this had drawn attention across many fronts.
“It is the job of the government to keep an eye on the wrongdoings in cricket, bearing in mind the BCB is semi-owned by the country. The mobile court will bring betting and the other crimes in and around the stadium during a game under its jurisdiction. We have been appointed here after the cricket board asked for help. We have taken advice from the BCB president [Nazmul Hasan] and the CEO [Nizamuddin Chowdhury]. We will take reports from the different security agencies deployed in the stadium and bring the crooks under the law,” said Boshiur.
According to Boshiur there has been zero arrests made as of Friday.