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Work on to give more clarity to draft bill

Any wrongdoing allegedly committed during the T20 League and even associated with it would be fully covered under the proposed anti-fixing law. Nagendar Sharma reports.

india Updated: May 30, 2013 23:30 IST
Nagendar Sharma

Any wrongdoing allegedly committed during the T20 League and even associated with it would be fully covered under the proposed anti-fixing law.

The definition of dishonesty in sporting events proposed in the first working draft of the bill prepared after the spot-fixing scandal hit the league earlier this month, could be altered to give it more clarity, government sources said on Thursday.

Following the sports ministry expressing concern about the activities of clubs having been left out of the proposed draft bill, the law ministry allayed its fears and assured that the league will be fully within the ambit of the new law.

Law ministry sources said the definition of sporting events makes it amply clear that all national and international events will be covered under the proposed Prevention of Dishonesty in Sporting Events Bill.

“Since cricket as a sporting event is covered in the bill, the T20 league automatically comes under its ambit. This, however, is merely the first working draft and we are ready to address the concerns being expressed by the sports ministry,” said a top law ministry official.

“All bills undergo multiple changes in consultation with the administrative ministry till they reach the final stage,” said the official. The sports and law ministries are expected to hold consultations soon to reach a consensus on the broad contours of the bill, which the government is keen to introduce in the Parliament during the Monsoon Session.