Gautam, captain of Bellary Tuskers, and Kazi from the same team have been charged of spot fixing in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) final earlier this year allegating them that they have accepted INR 20 lakh for “slow batting” in the final against Hubli Tigers, which the Tuskers lost by eight runs.
Both are also alleged to have been involved in fixing another match, against the Bengaluru Blasters.
A day after their arrest another player Nishant Shekhawat, caught allegedly acting as an intermediary between bookies and players.
As of Thursday, seven people have been arrested in relation to fixing in the KPL, four of them players. More arrests are expected, the CCB said.
“CCB have made two important arrests in the KPL spot-fixing scandal,” Sandeep Patil, the Joint Commissioner of Police, told ESPNcricinfo in a text message. “Bellary team captain CM Gautum and Abrar Kazi arrested. They did spot fixing in KPL 2019 finals between Hubli and Bellary. They were paid 20 lakhs for slow batting. Also, they fixed another match against the Bangalore team. Further investigation are on and more arrests would be done.”
Gautam, after remaining nine years with his home team moved to Goa this season, is one of the biggest names in Karnataka cricket has become a central figure to emerge in the KPL fixing scandal with the arrest of Belagavi Panthers owner Ali Asfak Thara, and the consequent suspension of the franchise.
Gautam won back-to-back domestic trebles in 2013-14 and 2014-15 was a long-term deputy of Vinay Kumar, and stood in for him in three matches 2013, captaining a team with the likes of Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Manish Pandey. Gautam also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.
He was named Goa’s captain for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy which begins from Friday. It is unclear whether he will retain that spot.
All rounder bowler Kazi, had a bumby career start with Karnataka before moving onto Nagaland last year and making three 150+ scores as a middle-order batsman. Later he was transferred to Mizoram at the start of this season. Kazi has played a solitary game for RCB.
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