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The betting order

In the world of fixing, the 'game' starts right from the toss where bookies place bets on which team would win it. Bets are also placed on how many runs a team will make in or upto a particular over. Manish Pachouly writes. Bets are on everything, and the stakes are high | Modus operandi | Punters XI

cricket Updated: Sep 05, 2010 01:36 IST
Manish Pachouly

In the world of fixing, the 'game' starts right from the toss where bookies place bets on which team would win it. Bets are also placed on how many runs a team will make in or upto a particular over.

For example, for a Twenty20 match first innings (team batting first), bets are placed on runs the team would score in the first eight overs. This is followed by bets on runs the team would score in lambi pari (full innings) — 20 overs.

There are 'fancy bets' on particular batsmen making 50 and 100 runs, and the number of wickets a bowler will take in a match. The sauda — the deal between bookies and punters — is usually struck over the phone. The valan or settling of accounts is after the match results are out.

It's a fok if the entire betting deal cancelled for some reason; 'abandon', if the match is called off by the umpire; and, worst of all, section garam, if the police is on the trail of the bookies.

The Cronje case

Delhi police registered a case in 2000 when reports of links between Indian businessmen and South African players fixing One-Day Internationals surfaced.

The South African cricket player who fixed the matches in consideration for money was identified as Hansie Cronje, the South African captain who died two years later in a plane crash.

The FIR mentioned that Cronje met the absconding bookie Sanjeev Chawla at Room no. 346 of Hotel Taj Palace.

Investigations revealed names of several other players. Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Ajay Sharma and Nayan Mongia were among them.

The case is under investigation as police awaits information on Chawla from their counterparts in United Kingdom, where Chawla is allegedly based.

Bets are on everything, and the stakes are high | Modus operandi | Punters XI

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