CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi, two former Karnataka players have been arrested in Karnataka Premier League spot-fixing scandal. The Joint Commissioner of Police informed officially about the same said that the Central Crime Branch of Bangalore made an important announcement.
The duo did spot-fixing in the finale
Gautam, the wicketkeeper-batsman shifted to Goa and Kazi is now a part of the Mizoram setup. Both have been accused of spot-fixing during the final of the KPL between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers. Chasing 153, Tuskers scored 144 as captain and opener Gautam scored a 37-ball 29. Meanwhile, Kazi struck 13 off six deliveries.
Eventually, the Tuskers lost the final to Hubli Tigers by eight runs and according to present developments, the slow batting affected the result.
According to Sandip Patil, the Joint Commissioner’s official statement Both were allegedly paid INR 20 Lakhs for batting in a slow manner in the game against the Tigers. “CCB made two important arrests in the KPL spot-fixing scandal. Bellary team captain CM Gautum and Abrar Kazi arrested. They did spot-fixing in the KPL 2019 finals between Hubli and Bellary. They were paid (INR.) 20 lakhs for slow batting, and for other things. Also, they fixed another match against Bangalore team.”
The release further added, “CM Gautam has played Ranji, and IPL for RCB, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils. Abrar Kazi has played Ranji for Karnataka and now for Mizoram. Further investigation on and more arrests would be done.”
More arrests to be done
Till now four players have been arrested in the case the tally of players’ arrest to four, with Nishant Singh Shekhawat and M Viswanathan being the ones arrested earlier. There were also the Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach Vinu Prasad and the owner of Belgavi Panthers Ali Asfak Thara. Bhavesh Bafna, a drummer who plays during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL fixtures, was also taken into custody for his involvement in fixing.
“Further investigation on and more arrests would be done,” as mentioned by Patil.