Indian duo arrested for spot-fixing

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Kazi was playing for Bellary Tuskers under Goutam's captaincy in the KPL tourney 2019.

Goutam was supposed to represent the Goa cricket team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 tournament scheduled to begin from Friday.

"We have arrested two players with regards to KPL fixing", Additional Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil said, adding that some more arrests may be made as the investigation progresses. The Tuskers lost the game by eight runs. CCB officials stated that the duo was paid Rs 20 lakh for "slow batting" during the final of the tournament. Both have been accused of spot-fixing during the final of the KPL between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers. KSCA further clarified the fact that they can not accept any illegal activities such as betting and match-fixing. "Further investigations are on and more arrests will be made". Shekhwat, from Rajasthan, had played in the KPL tourney from the beginning. More arrests are expected, the CCB said.

Kazi, a bowling allrounder who also played under Gautam at some point, had a more stop-start career with Karnataka before moving onto Nagaland previous year and making three 150+ scores as a middle-order batsman. He moved to Goa this season after nine years with his home team Karnataka.He has also played for India A and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.On the other hand, Kazi, a bowling all-rounder, has played under Gautam for a few matches.

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Gautam has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket and was Vinay Kumar's deputy for a long time. He transferred to Mizoram at the start of this season.

Wicket-keeper/batsman C.M. Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested in Bangalore by a special unit investigating corruption and fixing in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL).

Bengaluru's crime branch had the likes of Ali Asfak Thara, the owner of Belagavi Panthers; celebrity drummer Bhavesh Bafna under their radar since last month. This means they can not play any cricket organised by the KSCA while their suspension stands.

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

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