Former Karnataka cricketers Gautam, Kazi arrested on fixing charges


Bengaluru, Nov 7 (IANS): Former Karnataka cricketers CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi have been arrested by state police's Central Crime Branch (CCB) on charges of spot fixing which took place in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) final earlier this year.

According to an ESPNcricinfo report, Gautam, captain of Bellary Tuskers, and Kazi who plays for the same team, allegedly accepted Rs 20 lakh for "slow batting" in the final against Hubli Tigers, which the Tuskers lost by eight runs.

Chasing 153, Tuskers ended up with 144 with opener Gautam scoring a 37-ball 29 while Kazi struck 13 off six deliveries.


CM Gautam (left) and Abrar Kazi

The two are also believed to have been involved in fixing another match, against the Bengaluru Blasters.

"CCB have made two important arrests in the KPL spot-fixing scandal," Sandeep Patil, the Joint Commissioner of Police, told ESPNcricinfo.

"Bellary team captain CM Gautum and Abrar Kazi arrested. They did spot fixing in KPL 2019 finals between Hubli and Bellary. They were paid Rs 20 lakh for slow batting. They also fixed another match against the Bangalore team. Further investigation on and more arrests would be done," he added.

The arrest of the two comes a day another player Nishant Shekhawat was arrested for allegedly acting as an intermediary between bookies and players in the KPL.

A total of seven people, including four players, have been arrested till now in the KPL spot fixing case.

The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) runs the KPL T20 tournament every year on the lines of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament by the cash-rich Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

  

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Cricket once was ...dunno when ..A gentleman' s game ...they say.
    Now a ' Fixer's Game ' alright.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Any party can fix politicians on bribe. Nobody is taking action. But why this rule is in Cricket only.???

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  • VISHUKIRAN FERNANDES, Kalasa

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Cricket is the only game that you can actually put on weight while playing. Lazy game for lazy people, waste of whole day. On top of that, these fixing episodes. God save this game.

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  • Satya, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Corruption everywhere, from sport to schools, hospitals, industry and every government office. Nothing moves in India without corruption and this cancer will take not generations but centuries to erase, if at all it can be erased. On one side we show ourselves to be religious, culturally sensitive, god fearing, but the very foundation of our culture and religiousness stands on the foundation of corruption. Irrespective of caste, creed, religion or sect, we are all corrupt.

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  • Shoan D Souza, Sacheripet

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Ladki aur ladka raazi tho kya kare kaazi...? Fixing in cricket, fixing in government, fixing in ?suicide? murder...
    Everything is fixed nowadays.

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  • Sudesh pai, MANIPAL

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    BAN THEM FOR LIFE TIME THEY SHOULD NOT PLAY CRICKET THEY MADE ENOUGH MONEY DO YOU KNOW EVERY IPL MATCH IS FIXED JUST SEE THE LIFESTYLE OF CRICKETERS HUGE BUNGALOWS, IMPORTED CARS, OWNERSHIP OF POPULAR BRANDS ANY ED OR IT RAID ON THEM SREESHANTH WAS CAUGHT BUT THE LIST WAS LONG TOP OFFICIALS WERE INVOLVED SO THE IDEA WAS DROPPED IF THROUGHLY INVESTIGATED THE PANDORA BOX WILL BE OPENED

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