There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to betting on cricket in India. In short, bookmakers in India are pretty much illegal, you can’t walk into a local bookie and place a bet on the cricket like we do in the UK (there are States attempting to legalise betting, but that’s another story).
Betting On Cricket In India
It is possible to bet on cricket in India. Betting from within India is not the closed shop it is perceived to be. There is a list of over 20 online bookmakers on this website, and a fair number of these bookmakers accept bets from India.
They are also all accomplished bookmakers who have plenty of cricket betting markets. All will cover most major cricket events including the Indian Premier League (IPL), Test series, ODI series, T20 series, cricket world cups, and some domestic events, etc.
Bookmakers Who Accept Rupees
While it is fairly easy to find bookies to bet with from India, finding bookmakers who accept Rupees is a far harder proposition.
Best Way To Deposit From Within India
Depositing to bookmakers from India isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do. I believe using an e-wallet is the best option. Setting up an e-wallet might take a few days to sort out, but once you have got it, it is all you will need for making easy and smooth deposits in and out of your bank, and in and out of your bookmakers accounts.
The two best services that offer these e-wallets are Neteller or Skrill. With either of these e-wallets, you just register, complete your ID checks, then deposit directly from your bank account. You can then use your e-wallet to deposit (and withdraw) directly to your bookmaker account.
All reputable online bookmakers accept both these methods of payments. If you wish to open an account with a bookmaker that doesn’t accept Rupees, then using this method is ideal as you can exchange currencies from within your e-wallet.
This is also an ideal method of depositing to your bookmaker account, as using your e-wallet ensures there is no direct deposits to bookmakers showing on your bank statements.
For the avoidance of doubt, Skrill is the e-wallet service formally known as Moneybookers. A Skrill/Moneybookers account can be opened here.
Is Betting On Cricket Legal In India
I don’t know, is the honest answer. What I do know is that most online bookmakers are prepared to accept Indian customers, registering from Indian addresses. Most cricket betting sites in India that I have read, suggest it is okay.
If it was illegal, then I doubt that these bookmakers would accept Indian customers. After all, they are supposed to be reputable companies.
Bookmakers are also fast to pull out of countries or jurisdictions where betting is illegal. I remember very well how quickly they all hastily retreated out of America when George W Bush changed the gambling laws in the early 2000’s.
On top of the USA, bookmakers won’t accept customers from a whole host of nations, including moderate countries like France, Germany and Italy, as well as more strict nations like North Korea. All bookmakers have an extensive list of countries on their websites that they won’t accept customers from, and India isn’t on any of those lists, which is a strong indication of how bookmakers view the laws in India.
Also, it’s fairly obvious that there is plenty of Indians with online gambling accounts. And to the best of my knowledge, the Indian police haven’t gone around and arrested all these people.
Nevertheless, the decision about whether to open a bookmakers account or not, is purely a decision for the individual to make.
Domestic Cricket Leagues And Cups
The big headline grabbing competition in India is the Indian Premier League (IPL). IPL Betting is huge and is an absolute betting bonanza on Betfair, with millions of pounds bet on the outcome of some sixty plus matches every year.
Although the IPL has been tarnished by scandals over the past couple of years, it still attracts the biggest names in world cricket, and this shows no sign of changing.
The list of players trying to get in to the IPL that don’t get bought at auction is astonishing, this shows that the competitions still maintains it’s strength and popularity. Although in my opinion, it definitely has plenty of work to do to clean it’s act up.
Other competitions in India are…..
Ranji Trophy – India’s domestic first class tournament, the equivalent of the English County Championship, of the Australian Sheffield Shield, etc.
The Irani Cup – An annual match played between the previous year’s Ranji Trophy winner and a Rest of India team.
The Duleep Trophy – Another first class competition, this one is made up of five geographical zones, North, South, East, West and Central.
Challenger Trophy – A domestic one-day competition between 3 teams made up of some of India’s best talents.
BCCI Corporate Trophy – A twelve team 50 over competition made up of corporate sides.
Deodhar Trophy – The 50 over competition for the five geographical zones that play in the Duleep Trophy
Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy – The T20 competition made up of the state sides that compete for the Ranji Trophy
Vijay Hazare Trophy – The 50 over competition made up of the state sides that play in the Ranji Trophy.