As we covered in our article on cricket betting, cricket is India’s most popular sport and is also extremely popular with Indian punters. Although gambling is illegal in India, it’s estimated Indians wager more than $60 billion annually on the sport with many of the bets going to black market bookies. While this works if you know someone you can trust to book your bets, many Indians are either turned off by supporting organized crime, or prefer to deal with more reputable bookmakers.
The great news is that as far as we know, Indian law enforcement has never been active in preventing bettors from accessing online bookmakers legal and licensed abroad. The even better news’ there are several reputable betting sites licensed in Europe that allow Indians to register with their home address and also go out of their way to pay winners promptly. Of these dozen or so sites, we’ve narrowed it down to five that are best for cricket.
Best Bookmakers to Bet Cricket from India
Bet365 (Accepts Rupees)
Heading the list of venues for cricket betting online is www.bet365.com. This former high street bookmaker based in England obtained their first U.K. betting license in 1974. They have grown by leaps and bounds ever since, spreading to the Internet by 2001 and building a customer base of five million accounts in 200 different countries.
New customers of Bet365 can easily set up their online betting accounts using their home address regardless of which state in India the live. They also have the option to manage their financial transactions in Indian Rupees (INR) in place of Euros, U.S. Dollars or British Pounds.
Accepted methods of deposit friendly to Indians include Neteller, Skrill, Click2Pay, EntroPay and Bank Wire. All deposits are free of charge and funds are available instantly, except wire transfers, which can take 3~10 banking days. The minimum deposit is Rps350, while the maximum is Rps99,999 to Rps700,000, depending on the method selected. Withdrawals can be available as quickly as 24 hours, also without fees for most methods.
Cricket betting at Bet365 can be accomplished in either of two ways. The cricket link on the Sportsbook homepage leads to listings of all matches and tournaments for which markets are available. Alternatively, clicking the “In-Play” tab at the top of the window will pull up all sports for which in-running wagers can be made, including any current cricket matches, in the left-hand column. Bet slips appear in the column on the right.
Wagers can be made on a broad variety of cricket events, from major Tests and One Day Internationals (ODIs) to Twenty20, IPL, World Cup and Series Challenges, such as The Ashes. Betting on U.K. domestic play is featured, too, and markets range from outright winners to batsman match-ups and dozens of over/under propositions. Additional information on cricket betting opportunities can be found in Bet365’s seasonal “Summer of Cricket” pop-up window and under the cricket heading for Bet365 Betting News, both located on the web site.
For more information on betting online from India see our page on Rupee Bookmakers.
Note for Indian Players: We have found it very difficult to deposit at Betfair from India. If you are betting from India, we recommend one of the sites listed above.
Also known as the Sporting Exchange Limited, Betfair is not actually a bookmaker but a kind of “stock market for wagering.” Its matchmaking function is to bring together bettors on either side of a wager to back or lay odds. For this service, Betfair charges a small commission on winnings rather than staking any cash of its own. In many ways, this is the optimum environment for those who employ cricket betting strategy, as it allows all manner of markets to be created at all levels of odds.
Betfair’s growth has been nothing but phenomenal. Within a brief decade, the company grew from nothing to more than three million registered customers. It now handles more than five million transactions every day, including a steady flow from India. Betting exchanges per se are not covered by Indian law, so the company has taken full advantage of the opportunity to allow Indians to open betting accounts from Indian addresses in any state.
In-play betting is one of the major appeals of using Betfair for cricket wagering. Many millions of dollars are traded here on every match. Markets such as Most Sixes, Total Fours, Top Batsman, Highest 10 Over Total, Total Match Run Outs, First Dismissal and others apply to just about all forms of cricket, from Australian and English domestic leagues to Tests and ODIs.
Even though Indian Rupees are not accepted as a currency to fund an account directly, a variety of means can be used for making deposits and withdrawals. They include Moneybookers, NETeller, Visa Debit and Visa Electron. For deposits only, Western Union is also available. Funds are credited in British Pounds at the prevailing interbank exchange rate.
With Betfair’s current “Fantastic Cashback Offer,” new customers can receive from £10 to £1,000 in rebates whether they win or lose. For every £1 paid in Betfair commissions, 10 points are earned. Accumulating 50,000 points qualifies for the maximum £1,000 in cashback. This promotion applies only to newly established accounts within the first 30 days of betting activity from the date of registration.
Bet cricket at www.Betfair.com.
William Hill (no longer accepting Indian bettors)
Listed on the London Stock Exchange and a member of the FTSE 100, William Hill is among the 100 leading companies in the United Kingdom. The bookmaker established operations in 1934 and has grown to encompass 2,300 retail locations and the U.K.’s largest telephone betting center, employing more than 15,000 workers.
William Hill has been taking sports bets on the Internet since 1998, making this one of the very first retail sportsbooks with an online presence. Its web site today serves customers in over 175 countries, including India, providing markets for 60,000 events annually in over 30 sports categories.
William Hill offer has the largest selection of cricket wagering options on the market. For Test matches alone, there are 31 markets offered, plus another 20 for ODIs from Total Match Boundaries to Series Correct Score and more. Wagers can be made on the KFC T20 Big Bash League, Friends Life T20, the Clydesdale Bank 40 League, ICC World Twenty20, The Ashes and the ICC World Cup, to name just a few current opportunities. In-play betting is possible, too, with as many as 34 markets offered per event.
Although opening a William Hill betting account from India cannot be accomplished in Rupees directly, there are many intermediary ways to deposit and withdraw funds. Among them are Click2Pay, Moneybookers, NETeller and Visa Electron. In most cases, deposited funds are available for use immediately and no fees are charged for transfers. The maximum limit varies by method selected from £10,000 to £250,000.
To get started betting cricket online visit www.WilliamHill.com.