Published:  01:34 AM, 10 January 2019

Gamblers expelled from Mirpur stadium

A special temporary courthouse at Dhaka's main cricket stadium expelled 20 punters for placing illegal bets during the first three days of the Bangladesh Premier League, an official said Wednesday.

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

Those caught are hauled from the stands and tried on the spot by judges stationed at stadiums across the cricket-mad South Asian country during international matches and the lucrative Twenty20 BPL tournament.

The temporary court at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium fined 20 gamblers and barred them from the grounds in the first three days of the BPL, which started Sunday. Six Indians were among those slapped with fines up to 4,000 taka ($48) for infringements.

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