Former IPL player CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi arrested for match fixing
Indian police have arrested two Indian cricketers today in a fixing scandal in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL). Police also arrested another player yesterday. Not only the cricketers but also the coaches and owners were directly involved in the fixing, they were also arrested.
The Central Crime Branch of Bangalore (CCB) was arrested Hubli Tigers batsman M Vishwanathan last month for match-fixing and contact with bookies in a match in 2018. Then they arrested Bangalore Blasters batsman Nishant Singh Shekhawat for the same crime. Nishant was arrested yesterday. And today, two players from Bellary Tuskers were arrested. They are former Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi. They were both directly involved in the fixing.
Gautam’s Tuskers have taken the field against the Hubli Tigers in the tournament finals this year. In this match, they were offered Rs 20 lakh for slow batting. And that’s what they did in the match. So the Tuskers lost the match by 8 runs. There was also evidence that they fixed more matches. Although both have left the team now.
CCB arrested the Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach Vinu Prasad and Ali Asfak Thara, the owner of the Belagavi Panthers, who were involved in fixing directly. KPL authorities also banned the team Belagavi Panthers.