It is estimated that the Indian online cricket betting market is worth at least $150 billion per year. One of the Indian teams better about $200 million on an ODI match. Hearing this, you are thinking, is online cricket betting legal in India?
Answer: Yes, online cricket betting is legal in India.
Explanation of Indian law
The central government of India has not imposed a total ban on online gambling in the country. Instead, the Constitution of 1950 declares that each state can enact its own gambling laws. Some states have now explicitly banned gambling, and gambling from these states continues at one’s own risk.
In fact, there are many states in India that do not have clear laws on whether online gambling is illegal, so this is a completely legal grey area at present.
The Public Gambling Act of 1867, enacted during British colonial rule, prohibits Indian citizens from gambling in public. However, there is no mention of the internet (it was not invented in 1867) and therefore online gambling sites do not apply.
Because of this, many offshore online casinos serve Indian players and are legal.
A legal and safe gambling site is one that is licensed
Three important bodies are the Malta Gaming Authority, the UK Gambling Commission and Curacao eGaming. These internationally recognized bodies regularly audit and inspect their accredited sites to ensure fair treatment of players.
For the time being, online cricket betting is a legal area that is not illegal, but lacks proper consumer protection. However, until the national and state governments clarify any legislation, it is still possible to bet online legally and safely in India as long as you play at a safe and legal cricket betting site.