Monday, 08 January 2018 - 16:56
BCB to set up mobile courts to try gamblers during upcoming tri-series


Bangladesh will set up special courts at its cricket stadiums to try and convict any gambler caught during the upcoming tri-nation ODI series.
The series, which starts on next Monday (Jan. 15) involves Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe.
Gamblers would be hauled from the stands and tried on the spot by judges in temporary courtrooms, a Bangladeshi cricket board official said.
"Betting will be treated as a public nuisance. Anyone found involved will be convicted and punished instantly in the stadium," Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury has told news agency AFP.
The special courts will continue to target gamblers during Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh, which starts at the end of January after the tri-nation series.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play 2 Tests and 2 T20I’s.
Gambling is illegal but rampant during cricket matches in Bangladesh, where punters exploit a brief delay between live play and the official broadcast of results to place frantic bets.
Authorities threw nearly 80 spectators out of matches for placing bets using their mobile phones during the latest edition of the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament, which concluded last month.
At least a dozen of them were foreigners.
Police in November deported at least five Indians caught gambling during these short-format matches.
So-called "mobile courts" are popular in Bangladesh. 
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