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Bangladesh to try cricket gamblers in special courts

AFP  |  Dhaka 

will set up special courts at its stadiums to try and convict any punters caught during an upcoming international series, an said today.

Gamblers caught during the tri-nation series against Sri Lanka and -- starting January 15 -- would be hauled from the stands and tried on the spot by judges in temporary courtrooms, a board said.

"Betting will be treated as a public nuisance. Anyone found involved will be convicted and punished instantly in the stadium," Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told AFP.

The special courts will continue to target gamblers during Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh, which starts at the end of January after the tri-nation series.

and will play two Test matches and two Twenty20 internationals.

is illegal but rampant during cricket matches in Bangladesh, where punters exploit a brief delay between live play and the broadcast of results to place frantic bets.

Authorities threw nearly 80 spectators out of matches for placing bets using their during the latest edition of the Bangladesh League Twenty20 tournament, which concluded last month.

At least a dozen of them were foreigners.

Police in November deported at least five Indians caught during these short format matches.

So-called "mobile courts" are popular in Bangladesh. In October, more than 200 people accused of abuses against Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh's southeast were jailed by special courts there.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 15:15 IST