Rs 560 million and counting
That's the amount bet thus far, apparently, on the Indo-Pak Test in Lahore. And considering that this is supposedly the take from just a few select centers, the mind boggles at the sort of money on the line here. Oh, and? The odds are supposedly on an Indian win.
One other bit?
He said the satta or betting market has billed India as favourites for the first Test despite the visiting team having a poor track record at Lahore.
Among Indian batsmen, punters predict success for Indian captain Rahul Dravid and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni but are shying away from Tendulkar and Ganguly.
Raja's associate Asim Bhai said: "We have promised to offer four times higher amount on actual bet for Rahul and Sachin, three times higher amount for Dhoni and double amount for Virendra Sehwag and V.V.S. Laxman in both innings.
"Market has shown good response for Dravid and Dhoni but people are reluctant about Sachin."
He added that betters are not keen on Ganguly and opener Gautam Gambhir, for whose success only a 60 percent higher amount is promised.
Raja and Asim said that bookies would lose 80 percent of their amounts if Dravid and Dhoni failed to hit half-centuries in any of the innings or if Sachin or Ganguly hit a ton.
One other bit?
The market is also betting on half-centuries from Yunus Khan, Mohammad Yusuf and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq among Pakistani players but predicts failure for speedster Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as the 'Rawalpindi Express'.