In a major breakthrough, sleuths of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) have arrested cricketers C.M. Goutham and Abrar Kazi in connection with the KPL match-fixing scandal.
In the fixing case in the Karnataka Premier League 2018 edition, former Bangalore Blasters opener, M Vishwanathan was also arrested by the Bengaluru Police. Both the players were reportedly involved in spot fixing during the KPL final 2019 between Hubli Tigers and Bellary Tuskers, which Hubli Tigers won by eight runs. CCB officials stated that the duo was paid Rs 20 lakh for "slow batting" during the final of the tournament.
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).
Gautam was the captain of Ballari Tuskers and Kazi was his teammate. "Further investigation on and more arrests would be done". Shekawat, a native of Kota in Rajasthan, is a right-hand batsman and right-arm bowler.
Goutam was supposed to represent the Goa cricket team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 tournament scheduled to begin from Friday.
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Kazi was playing for Bellary Tuskers under Goutam's captaincy in the KPL tourney 2019. Gautam was a long-term deputy of Vinay Kumar, and stood in for him in three matches 2013, captaining a team with the likes of Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Manish Pandey.
Betting and match-fixing have always been an inseparable part of the game for many years.
Gautam is by far the highest profile name to emerge in the KPL fixing scandal, which broke in September with the arrest of Belagavi Panthers owner Ali Asfak Thara, and the consequent suspension of the franchise.
Kazi, 30, has played 17 first-class matches.
"Based on the initial investigation report, the KSCA has suspended the owners of the franchise - Belagavi Panthers, one of the franchises of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL)". Severe actions would be taken against each individual if they are found guilty.