Illicit activities like match-fixing and placing bets on matches were expected to be quite high during the cricket’s biggest festival. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has placed stern measures and has advised every nation to take down anyone who is involved in this practice, in order to make cricket corruption-free.
Such an operation was recently taken by the Mumbai Police which busted a gang that allegedly ran a betting racket on ICC Cricket World Cup matches. To evade the police, the accused allegedly accepted bets on Pakistan vs Bangladesh match through a website accessible only to a select few.
The accused, identified as Hardik Thakkar (41), Dhaval Thakkar (33) and Karthik Thakkar (27), used sophisticated methods in an attempt to evade police. “The accused would send the web address of the betting website on WhatsApp. They would later send a password with which one could log on to the website and place bets,” said Ravi Sardesai, Senior Inspector of Mulund police station.