Published: Fri, November 08, 2019
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Two Indian players arrested in growing spot-fixing scandal

Two Indian players arrested in growing spot-fixing scandal

In a major breakthrough, sleuths of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) have arrested cricketers C.M. Goutham and Abrar Kazi in connection with the KPL match-fixing scandal.

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. And today, two players from Bellary Tuskers were arrested.

Goutam was supposed to represent the Goa cricket team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 tournament scheduled to begin from Friday. They were both directly involved in the fixing. "We have taken the accused into custody and further investigations are on to ascertain if more players are involved in the scam", said Sandeep Patil, a senior officer who is part of the investigation team said and added that the police had information on the involvement of more players.

While Goutam was allegedly paid Rs 20 lakhs for slow batting, Kazi was paid Rs 5 lakhs for giving more runs to the other team. "Also, they fixed another match against Bangalore team".

Three others, including Ali Ashfaq Thara, the owner of the Belagavi Panthers team, have been arrested since the scandal came to light a couple of months ago. Gautam 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. He shifted bases to Goa this season after spending 9 years with Karnataka.

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 has also played for India A and has played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. Kazi played one game for Bangalore in 2011.

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

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