The Indian Premier League (IPL) and betting have an old relation with a number of controversies threatening the world’s most popular T20 tournament over the last eleven years. From S. Sreesanth getting arrested for spot-fixing charges to Bollywood actor Arbaaz Khan admitting to losing Rs 2.80 crore, betting has been a sore issue for the cash-rich tournament. However, the co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab franchise, Preity Zinta, has a solution for this specific problem.
Preity reckons betting should be made legal in the IPL and cited financial benefits as one of the advantages of the move. Moreover, she said that it’s a difficult task to keep an eye on people every time. Furthermore, she didn’t mince any words in saying that she would take the person, who approaches her for any corrupt activity, to the cops.
“I think it would be important if the government legalises betting because it will be a good source of revenue and stuff and secondly, we can stop all this crap because how many people can you control. So, that’s why I said let’s do a random lie detector test.
BCCI should just make it part of the policy, it will be amazing. Because of the fear of knowing that I can get caught, that’s what you need. You can’t police people that much,” Preity was quoted as saying to Times Now.
“You think somebody can make an offer to me and still be alive, I would probably take him to the cops. Please understand I had just got out of movies. For 10 years I was living in a studio with cameras and characters that didn’t exist, so I was living in a La La Land. Suddenly I stepped out into a cricket stadium. Everybody was alien to me and to be honest, I didn’t know what was happening,” she added.