BCCI bars Indian cricket team from visiting casinos in Australia

The instruction was relayed to the team during their bus ride from Brisbane to Melbourne, the venue of the third one-dayer against Australia.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Melbourne | Updated: January 17, 2016 6:56 am
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IN A first, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has banned its players from visiting casinos during the limited overs tour of Australia. The instruction was relayed to the team during their bus ride from Brisbane to Melbourne, the venue of the third one-dayer against Australia, on Sunday.

The decision to impose the ban was taken by BCCI president Shashank Manohar and secretary Anurag Thakur.
The Indian team is staying at a five-star hotel in Melbourne, whose complex houses one of the most famous casinos of Australia.

The Sunday Express has learnt that the BCCI took the decision as it did not want to take the risk of cricketers inadvertently meeting the “wrong people”, or being seen at a place which could be construed as inappropriate for a national cricketer.

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The BCCI has been involved in an image-building exercise following the IPL spot-fixing and betting controversy, and the subsequent Lodha committee report which recommended a number of reforms.

The recent revelations that Indian-origin South African cricketer Ghulam Bodi attempted to fix the national T20 league matches has also served as a reminder that players are being pursued by unscrupulous people.

The modus operandi of bookies and fixers involves befriending the cricketers during their time away from the field — at the team hotel, restaurants, pubs or social gatherings — before trying to influence them.

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First Published on: January 17, 2016 5:04 am
  1. K
    Jan 17, 2016 at 4:22 am
    Instead of plugging the s of corruption within the government, the BCCI is banning the players from having fun. Why would they let them stay in a hotel with a casino? People do not go to bars to drink Milk.
    1. K
      kulaputra kulaputra
      Jan 17, 2016 at 1:43 am
      These are adults. Their job is to play cricket. If you want good behaviour only, send IFS officers to play cricket
      1. P
        Jan 17, 2016 at 10:40 pm
        It looks quite weird that you bar national cricketers from going to casinos which are often attached to luxurious hotels where you make them to stay. The national players are not school kids that you impose marshal law looking clause on the players particularly when they are on pressure ignments and they need nerve soothing environment studded with exciting events. The more they are relaxed the better they will perform. Isn't the imposed ban an outpourof BCCI authorities to their poor show they hthe team has exhibited so far on this high profile tour. The fault lies somewhere else in hthe selection committee . They look rusty without Vision
        1. R
          rajan luthra
          Jan 17, 2016 at 1:17 am
          Anurag Thakur and ethics! A big joke. Officials need the cleansers more. SC must implement Lodha recommendations fully
          1. R
            Jan 19, 2016 at 5:50 am
            the same old story - greats in placid wickets and in bouncy conditions 'rats'. kapil"s team a far better bunch with great like sunny and all rounders could pull some shockers against even " clive"s team and Australian teams , even in BH series matches and overseas. in india only business cricket , in overseas - that"s" real cricket" boss . if this is the status against" smith team" - then think about legendary Ian chappels team- pulverized - compare Lille vs I Sharma
            1. S
              Shafted mohammed
              Jan 17, 2016 at 12:21 am
              No casinos but you can visit chip and dale clubs.
              1. S
                Sajeev Kumar
                Jan 17, 2016 at 5:29 am
                Going to casinos is never a problem but the conduct in casino's and after is the matter of concern, but then what's the job of highly paid Team Manager and other supporting staff's ? BCCI should know that most of the 5/6 star hotel do have enough Bars and Casino's ? now what??
                1. S
                  Jan 17, 2016 at 1:33 am
                  No casinos!!! Then why book them up in a Casino Hotel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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