Preity Zinta on Betting: Bollywood actress Preity Zinta has opined regarding legalization of betting to avoid corruption.
The notion of betting being legal in India has been doing the rounds for quite some time now. Numerous renowned former cricketers have batted for this decision to be taken for it might end the occasional prevalent corruption in cash-rich tournaments such as the IPL (Indian Premier League).
In a decision whose execution will involve its own intricacies, it might not be made as soon as people expect it to be. However, another celebrity who has recently vocal against the same was Bollywood actress and Kings XI Punjab’s co-owner in Preity Zinta.
Speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2018, Zinta was of the opinion that making betting legal for it will have several benefits in reducing corruption in sports, becoming a source of revenue for the concerned individuals and less burden on the security officials. “But over the years, I think it would be important if the government legalises betting because it will be a good source of revenue and stuff and secondly, we can stop all this crap because how many people can you control.
“So, that’s why I said let’s do a random lie detector test, BCCI should just make it part of the policy, it will be amazing. Because the fear of knowing that I can get caught, that’s what you need. You can’t police people that much,” the 43-year old actress said.
Was a betting approach ever been made on her?
On being asked if she was ever approached for any betting-related offer, Zinta was quoted, “You think somebody can make an offer to me and still be alive, I would probably take him to the cops. Please understand I had just got out of movies. For 10 years I was living in a studio with cameras and characters that didn’t exist, so I was living in a La La Land. Suddenly I stepped out into a cricket stadium. Everybody was alien to me and to be honest, I didn’t know what was happening.”
Views on post-match IPL Parties
Zinta also expressed her views about the IPL parties, which used to happen after the matches. “I hated it [parties]. I was not the boss of a team, I was an actress out of a set. People used to attack me at those parties.
“When people have a lot of alcohol, there’s very little you can say to them. So, they don’t go the cricketers but be like ‘hello ji’ and you know Punjab is like, it’s quite wild. I never really attended too many of these parties but yes, they were part of this whole buzz creating thing,” she added.
Below are some of the recent Twitter reactions on Zinta’s comments regarding legalisation of betting:
Hindustan Times: IPL: Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta wants betting to be legalised.https://t.co/wO4T8cK7Iv
— Dharmendra Kumar (@Dharmen41049) October 8, 2018
— IPL Updates (@ipl_t20_updates) October 6, 2018
“I think it would be important if the government legalises betting.” https://t.co/e9PDvOrik2
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 7, 2018