'Spot bet' would have set off alarm bells in UK
Published 30/08/2010 | 05:00
THE nature of cricket as a sport, with its complex rules and seemingly endless permutations, makes it extremely popular with betting fans.
Bets can be made not just on the outcomes of matches but on other aspects of the game, such as the number of no balls or wides bowled.
The practice, called 'spot betting', forms the basis of the allegations surrounding the Lord's Test. Checks are in place in the UK to guard against such betting trends, but there are huge unregulated betting markets in the Indian subcontinent.
Graham Sharpe, of bookmakers William Hill, said the type of betting alleged in the newspaper sting would immediately have aroused suspicion.
"Betting here is strictly regulated," he said. "The kind of betting alleged in the 'News of the World' would obviously be seen as a potential problem and would automatically cause alarm bells to ring."