“Matches go on air four to five seconds or in some cases nine seconds after the original actions take place (on the ground). Gamblers were using the time gap to do betting,” said Ismail Haider Mallick. © Getty Images

Last week, nearly 80 spectators at two cricket grounds were thrown out on suspicion of betting. The alleged offenders, including 10 Indians, used mobile phones to place live bets before scores were broadcast on television and online. © Getty Images

Bangladesh police said on Monday (November 20) that they would deport five Indians caught betting at a weekend cricket match as authorities crack down on illegal bookmaking in the domestic league.

The men were detained on Saturday at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium during the Bangladesh Premier League match, police said.

They were caught by cricket officials concerned about match-fixing and illegal gambling in the hugely popular league.

“We have handed them over to police as this is the most we could do. They will take further action,” said Jalal Yunus, the cricket board spokesman.

Two of the accused were previously caught betting during Bangladesh’s home series against England in October last year, he added.

Authorities were “in the process of deporting them to India”, said Nazrul Islam, the local police head.

Gambling is illegal in Bangladesh and the cricket league has been dogged by betting scandals. Its first two editions were marred by a match-fixing controversy involving players and team owners.

Last week, nearly 80 spectators at two cricket grounds were thrown out on suspicion of betting. The alleged offenders, including 10 Indians, used mobile phones to place live bets before scores were broadcast on television and online.

Nearly 50 foreign cricketers, including Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, the West Indies’ Chris Gayle, New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and England’s Jos Buttler, are competing in the seven-team BPL tournament this year.