3 held for running betting racket on India-Pakistan Champions Trophy match

"The teams that might have taken Pakistan lightly in this event will never dare to repeat such a mistake again and whatever the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup may be like; Pakistan will be a serious contender for the trophy".

People charged with sedition have to surrender their passports, are not eligible for government jobs, must appear in court as and when required, and spend money on legal fees. If convicted, the men could be sentenced up to 14 years in prison.

In March, Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and head of the ICC's Pakistan task force had said that they want to give Pakistan fans the chance to see the world's best players in live action.

India are due to stage the next Champions Trophy in 2021 but Richardson warned Monday it was by no means certain the event would go ahead, with the former South Africa wicketkeeper saying future World Twenty20s could feature up to 20 teams. India started its campaign by comprehensively defeating Pakistan and got so badly intoxicated with the triumph that when they needed to repeat the heroics in the final, the whole team crumbled like a pack of cards. The incident occurred in Mohad near Burhanpur district headquarters. "We don't have any previous cases or official complaints on record but those residing in Mohad have told us that this has happened before", he said.

It has been revealed that the recently concluded Champions Trophy, organised by the International Cricket Council, will award a prize money of $2.2 million (14 crores) to the 2017 champions Pakistan.

Earlier also, several times chaos has been witnessed in this area after India-Pakistan match, but this is the first time when the government has imposed restriction in the area.

Following the arrests, security was ramped up to calm rising tensions.

In 2016, a Pakistani man was arrested after he waved an Indian flag when his idol, Indian batsman Virat Kohli, made a century.

In 2014, about 60 Kashmiri college students watching an India-Pakistan match in the hostel of an Uttar Pradesh college were charged with sedition for cheering the Pakistani team after India lost the Asia Cup match.

  • Julie Sanders