'Women cricketers were offered big money to fix ties'



Author 2019-09-17 13:10:00


BENGALURU: The Anti-Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday approached the Bengaluru city police in the wake of revelations that two men had approached a member of the Indian women's team with offers of huge amounts of money for match-fixing.

This is the first time that a woman cricketer has had bookies approaching her in the guise of sports managers to fix matches. The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has taken up the case and initiated the probe.

According to police sources, a bowler was approached by two individuals identifying themselves as Rakesh Bafna and Jithendra Kothari in February this year in a city hotel here, ahead of an India-England limited-overs series. The cricketer was training at the National Cricket Academy here at the time.

The sources said that Kothari, who claimed to be sports manager from Delhi, first got in touch with the cricketer last year on Instagram, offering her managerial services which she declined. Kothari even couriered a copy of a contract to the player, who did not sign it.

In February this year, Kothari again contacted the player and put her across to Bafna claiming that he had a business offer. Bafna allegedly sought to use the cricketer to rope in other Indian players as well. The player immediately brought the matter to the notice of BCCI.

Ajit Singh, ACU chief, told TOI that they were waiting for a report from the International Cricket Council which said there was indeed such an attempt. Singh said Kothari used to portray himself as manager for several women cricketers but it first reported only after he approached the player to fix matches.



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