In the context of the raging controversy over the Indian Premier League betting and match-fixing episodes, there has been considerable public concern over the issues involved. This Issue Brief analyses the core issues that need to be clarified in order to understand how to handle gambling in sport in India. The Brief looks at the philosophical underpinning in India and also traces the ineffectiveness of sports regulation in India thus far. The other aspect of the controversy is a direct result of the Indian economy moving from a regulated structure to a market economy with the entry of market forces into sports. Hence, the need to be realistic about the emerging reality of sports in a liberalised economy has also to be factored into policy making on sports and cricket gambling or betting. This Brief also looks at the regulation of gambling in other countries which have market economies, offering a comparative perspective for Indian policy making.
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