There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to cricket betting in India. Is it or is it not legal? Which bookmakers accept Rupees? The list goes on.
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 Indian states attempting to legalise betting, but at the moment, nothing is finalised.
Betting On Cricket In India
It is possible to bet on cricket in India though, although you have to be mindful of the risks. Betting from within India is not the closed shop it is perceived to be. On this website, there is a fair number of bookmakers who accept bets from India.
As it currently stands, we are not aware of any legal disputes between Indian state offices and any of aforementioned bookmakers.
They are also all accomplished bookmakers who have plenty of cricket betting markets. These bookmakers would all have very good legal advice, and none of them have banned Indians from opening accounts.
These bookmakers cover most major cricket events including the Indian Premier League (IPL), Test series’, ODI series’, T20 competitions, both the 50 Over and T20 cricket world cups, and domestic events, etc.
Bookmakers Who Accept Rupees
While it is fairly easy to find bookies to bet with from India, finding one of the few bookmakers who accept Rupees is a far harder proposition. Bookmakers like bet365, Betway and 10Cric, are some that do.
It is getting better and better though. Just a handful of years back, you would have struggled to get anyone other than bet365, who would accept Rupees.
Best Way To Deposit From Within India
Depositing to bookmakers from India isn’t always the easiest thing in the world to do. There can be restrictions imposed by your bank, so a way around this is to set up an e-wallet is one 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(and from) your bookmaker’s 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. The reason is, because you can exchange currencies from within your e-wallet.
This is also an ideal method of depositing to your bookmaker account. Why? Because using your e-wallet ensures there is no direct deposits to bookmakers showing on your bank statements.
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 nations like France, Germany and Italy.
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. This 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. It is advised that you think carefully before doing so.
Domestic Cricket Leagues And Cups In India
Indian Premier League (IPL)
The big headline grabbing competition in India is the Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL is huge and is the most successful T20 franchise competition in world cricket.
Every year it attracts all the stars of Indian cricket, and the biggest names from around the world.
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 is by far and away the most popular and lucrative.
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.
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.
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.