Cricketers Gautam, Abrar Kazi held in KPL fixing case

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Further investigations are on to ascertain if more players are involved in the scam, say police

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has arrested the former captain of Bellary Tuskers C.M. Gautam and Abrar Kazi, who also played for the team, in connection with the match-fixing and betting scam in the Karnataka Premier League.

The two cricketers have been accused of receiving a total of ₹20 lakh to ‘bat slow’ in the 2019 KPL final match between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers. Gautam, who captained the Tuskers, has shifted to Goa this season, while Kazi is playing for Mizoram.

According to the CCB, they were also involved in fixing a second match. “Investigations are still on. We have taken the accused into custody and further investigations are on to ascertain if more players are involved in the scam,” said Sandeep Patil, a senior officer who is part of the investigation team said and added that the police had information on the involvement of more players. “There will be more arrests soon,” he said.

Gautam has played in the Ranji Trophy for Karnataka and Goa and has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL). On Tuesday, the police arrested cricketer Nishanth Singh Shekhawat, who last featured in a KPL match in 2018 for Shivamogga Lions. According to the police, Shekhawat was the link between bookies and Vinu Prasad, a Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach, who was arrested in October along with batsman Vishwanath, formerly with the same team.

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