Former Karnataka cricketers Gautam, Kazi arrested on fixing charges

Tanya Simon
November 7, 2019

The two are accused of spot-fixing in the KPL finals which was played between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers on August 31 this year. They were paid 20 lakhs for slow batting.

Two former Indian Premier League players have been arrested for spot-fixing in a scandal-ridden regional tournament, police said Thursday. Asserting that it was committed to organizing cricket tournaments which are fair and transparent that would enhance the credibility of the sport, the brand and the organisation, the KSCA said it can not condone any illegal activities such as betting and match-fixing.

The twin arrests comes after another KPL player Nishant Singh Shekhawat, was arrested earlier in the week. "Also, they fixed another match against Bangalore team", Sandeep Patil, the Joint Commissioner of Police, stated in a release. The KSCA said that any other franchise, players, match officials and support staff who are arrested with aprima facie evidence of their involvement in any illegal activity will be suspended immediately and if found guilty, appropriate and stringent action will be taken forthwith.

In September, the owner of a Karnataka Premier League team Belagavi Panthers Ashfaq Ali Thara was arrested in connection with an alleged worldwide cricket betting scandal. According to the police, Shekhawat was the link between bookies and Vinu Prasad, a Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach, who was arrested in October along with batsman Vishwanath, formerly with the same team. So the Tuskers lost the match by 8 runs.

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Ali Asfak Thara - the owner of Belgavi Panthers - was also arrested last month and the team was handed a suspension thereafter.

Gautam, who earlier played for India A, plied his trade in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils.

Kazi, on the other hand, had played for the Karnataka state team before transferring to another state. Also, Kazi moved across to Nagaland past year and was a success as he scored three scores of more than150+ scores as a middle-order batsman. 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, but his contract has now been terminated with immediate effect.

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