Bellary Tuskers wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi have been arrested by the Central Crime Branch of Bangalore over the charges of spot-fixing in the final match of KPL-2019. Gautam had shifted to Goa and Kazi, is a part of the Mizoram Ranji Team and had scored a double century in the opening match against Nagaland in the 2018 Ranji Trophy season. The news is seen as a huge blow to Karnataka Premier League.
Sandeep Patil, the Joint Commissioner of Police, stated in a press release- “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”.
CM Gautam is considered one of the biggest names in the Karnataka cricket circle and had played an important role in winning the Ranji Tournament in 2013-14 and 2014-15 for Karnataka. He moved to Goa this season after nine years with his home team and was named their captain for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy which begins on Friday. The state association is yet to respond to the news.
CM Gautam was a for India-A player and has featured in several editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) representing Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore as well. Kazi had also played a solitary game for RCB.
The KPL Match-Fixing scandal which broke in September with the arrest of Belagavi Panthers owner Ali Asfak Thara, bowling coach Vinu Prasad and batsman Vishwanathan has seen the involvement of some of the most reputed names in Karnataka Cricket circle.
Earlier, cricketer Nishanth Singh Shekhawat was also arrested by the Karnataka police in connection with the KPL spot-fixing case. “Cricket player Nishanth Singh Shekhawat has been arrested. He was in touch with bookies and had contacted Bangalore Blasters team bowling coach Vinu Prasad to fix players,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil told ANI.
Further investigation is underway.