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Indian woman cricket approached for match fixing, BCCI files FIR

Indian woman cricket approached for match-fixing, BCCI files FIR

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of Indian cricket board registered a First Information Report against two individuals Rakesh Bafna and Jitendra Kothari — at the Ashok Nagar Police Station in Bengaluru for an alleged attempt of match-fixing and cheating.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s FIR says that one of the prominent members of India’s national women’s team was approached by these two earlier this year. The offered her huge amount of money provided she joined hands with them. According to the reports, the incident happened in February just ahead of India women’s team’s limited-overs series against England, a part of International Cricket Council (ICC)’s World Championships.

BCCI ACU chief, Ajit Singh informed this to Sportstar, “Today, we have got an FIR registered against two people in Bengaluru. The FIR pertains to an approach that was made to one of the women cricketers of the team. She reported the approach to us and even recorded the conversation she had with one of the accused over the telephone.”

Cricketer reports to the board

Singh further told that Kothari claimed to be a sports manager and got in touch with the concerned cricketer last year through Instagram. He offered her managerial services but eventually, the cricketer denied to not sign it later. “Kothari was trying to sell himself as the manager of various women cricketers. It was he who introduced Bafna to the player. He approached her to fix matches and play according to the script,” Singh said.
It was learned that Kothari introduced the cricketer to Bafna who offered the player Rs 1 lakh per match during the India-England series. “Initially the call was made via WhatsApp and Bafna said that endorsement would be for a noted Indian clothing brand. But soon, he directly approached her to fix matches. The player told him that there is a bad connection and she could call her on her regular number,” Singh added. Bafna also asked the player if the ODI captain could be roped in for the plan.
The player decided to file a report of the same and Bafna was warned for his action and was reported to the BCCI and ICC. But the board later found out that Kothari made attempts to contact other members of the women’s team as well and “conspired with Bafna with the intention to fix matches.”
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