CCB arrests two batsmen in KPL spot-fixing scandal


Domestic veteran CM Gautam, who is now playing as a professional for Goa in India's domestic season this year, has been arrested in Karnataka Premier League fixing scandal.

According to Indian media, the two arrested in T20 match-fixing scandal are Bellary Tuskers, Captain CM Gautam and player Abrar Kazi.

They were allegedly paid Rs 20 lakh for slow batting in the finals, and also fixed another match which they played against the Bengaluru team in the KPL.

Earlier on Tuesday, cricketer Nishanth Singh Shekhawat was arrested by Karnataka police in connection with another spot-fixing case. This means they can not play any cricket organised by the KSCA while their suspension stands. Prior to Shekhawat's arrest, the police had arrested bowling coach of the Bengaluru Blasters team Vinu Prasad and a batsman M Vishwanathan on account of cheating and conspiracy. The Mizoram cricket association officials, when contacted, said Kazi had left for Bengaluru a couple of days ago and they are closely watching the events unfolding. "Further investigations are on and more arrests will be made".

In a text message sent to ESPNcricinfo by Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil, he revealed the details of the arrest of the two cricketers. Hubli Tigers won that match by eight runs.

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Also, there are reports that Gautam and Kazi are also alleged to have been involved in fixing another match when they took on the Bengaluru Blasters.

Kazi, who came in to bat at No. 9 in the penultimate over, scored 13 (6) when his team required 26 runs in 10 balls upon his arrival. He has also played for India A and has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.

He captained a team with the likes of Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Manish Pandey.

Each Gautham and Kazi had been named of their respective state squads for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match, scheduled to start on Friday. Before moving to Goa this year, the 33-year old wicket-keeper batsman has played 94 First-class matches for his home state.