Panel asks for reforms

NEW DELHI: A panel appointed by India’s Supreme Court on Monday proposed sweeping changes to the country’s scandal-hit cricket board and said gambling should be made legal. The panel headed by former chief justice Rajendra Mal Lodha was appointed after a string of corruption scandals at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Its report, seen by AFP, recommends barring politicians from the sport’s governing body and introducing time limits on holding office. It also suggests legalising betting after the popular T20 tournament run by the BCCI, the Indian Premier League, was rocked by allegations of corruption, match-fixing and crooked umpires.