Match-fixing suspicions as Nepal T20 League is on betting sites

Nepal T20 League
1XBAT, a subsidiary of a betting company, is the title sponsor of the Nepal T20 League.

Kathmandu, November 26

Betting on Nepal T20 League has been seen rampant outside Nepal.

Betting applications like Bet 365 and 1xBet have included Nepal T20 League on their app, through which millions are involved in betting.

Some photos emerged from India show a betting code appearing during broadcasting on the FanCode app. This has raised suspicions that the matches are being fixed.

Betting is illegal in Nepal. But, Seven3Sports, which has entered into a commercial and strategic partnership agreement with the Nepal Cricket Association (CAN) to run the Nepal T20 League, has been registered with the purpose of operating betting houses in India.

Betting code appears on Fan Code App

Even in Nepal, this company has been registered by the Company Registrar’s Office despite the rejection of the Nepal Sports Council.

Indian companies and businesspersons have heavily influenced the league as an Indian company is operating the league and four out of the six teams are owned by Indians.

1XBat, which was announced as the main sponsor of the tournament, is also connected to betting.

As betting is taking place prominently, many say that the chances of the matches being fixed are quite high.

However, Seven3Sports, which has received the CAN and operating rights, has been saying that the tournament will be held under the direct supervision of ICC’s Integrity Officer and Sports Radar.

No CAN official was ready to make any comment about the issue.

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