CCB arrests two batsmen in KPL spot-fixing scandal

File image Karnataka cricketer CM Gautam

He has also played for India A and has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.

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. They did spot-fixing in KPL 2019 finals between Hubli and Bellary.

Gautam who has represented India A previously has played 94 first class matches scoring 4716 runs at an average of 41.4 scoring 10 hundreds and 24 fifties in the process. Gautam was the captain Bellary Tuskers, and he and his team-mate Kazi allegedly accepted Rs 20 lakh for "slow batting" in the tournament final against Hubli Tigers. He was an integral part of the Karnataka Ranji Team that won the domestic treble two years back to back in 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. They were paid two million rupees ($28,000) for slow batting. KSCA further clarified the fact that they can not accept any illegal activities such as betting and match-fixing. Wicketkeeper-batsman Gautam has previously played for Karnataka senior team and ahead of this season, moved to Goa.

CCB arrested the Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach Vinu Prasad and Ali Asfak Thara, the owner of the Belagavi Panthers, who were involved in fixing directly. Kazi has played a solitary game for RCB.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Cricket Association announced the suspension of the Belagavi Panthers franchise.

The KSCA said that any other franchise, players, match officials and support staff who are arrested with a prima facie evidence of their involvement in any illegal activity will be suspended immediately and if found guilty, appropriate and stringent action will be taken forthwith.

KPL authorities also banned the team Belagavi Panthers.

"In case they are found guilty, their franchise will be terminated", the Karnataka Cricket Association said in a statement here.

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