Two Indian players arrested in ‘spot-fixing’ scandal



Two former Indian Premier League gamers have been arrested for spot-fixing in a scandal-ridden regional match, police mentioned Thursday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi had been arrested in Bangalore by a particular unit investigating corruption and fixing within the Karnataka Premier League.

Gautam, the 33-year-old former captain of Bellary Tuskers, and teammate Kazi allegedly accepted $28,000 every for “sluggish batting” on this 12 months’s match last in opposition to Hubli Tigers. The Tuskers misplaced the sport by eight runs.

CM Gautam has represented Mumbai Indians Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils previously.

“The Central Crime Department has made two essential arrests within the KPL spot-fixing scandal,” Sandeep Patil, Joint Commissioner of Police, informed AFP, naming Gautam and Kazi.

“They did spot-fixing within the KPL 2019 finals between Hubli and Bellary. They had been paid two million rupees ($28,000) for sluggish batting.

“Additionally, they mounted one other match in opposition to the Bangalore workforce. Additional investigations are on and extra arrests might be made.”

Cricket has change into a key battleground within the battle in opposition to spot-fixing — unlawful bets on a sure a part of the motion, akin to what number of runs are scored in an over.

The KPL has been beneath rising suspicion since Ashfaq Ali Thara, proprietor of a KPL workforce and a facet within the Dubai T20 League, was arrested for putting bets and a attainable function in fixing matches.

Two extra gamers had been arrested on fees of betting and match-fixing.

The IPL, the world’s wealthiest nationwide league, was hit by a spot-fixing scandal in 2013 which resulted in two groups being banned for 2 years.

Gautam was within the squad for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils within the IPL. Kazi performed one recreation for Bangalore in 2011.

Gautam was a long-term deputy of Vinay Kumar, and stood in for him in three matches 2013, captaining a workforce with the likes of Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Manish Pandey. Gautam additionally performed for India A and has performed for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils within the IPL.

Twenty20 leagues around the globe together with the Pakistan Tremendous League, Bangladesh Premier League and Dubai league have been hit by fixing scandals.

Bangladesh Take a look at captain Shakib Al Hasan was banned for 2 years final month after failing to report approaches by bookies.

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