KPL match-fixing: Bengaluru Blasters coach, batsman held

Deccan Chronicle

Deccan Chronicle

Author 2019-10-26 06:15:17

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Bengaluru: The match-fixing scandal in Karnataka Premier League (KPL) has got murkier with the arrest of two more people by the Central Crime Branch (CCB).

Bangalore Blaster bowling coach Vinu Prasad and batsman Vishwanathan were picked up for their alleged involvement in match-fixing during the KPL 2018 season.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said, "The accused were involved in fixing a match in 2018 between Bangalore and Belgavi teams. The accused batsman batted slowly for which he got Rs 5 lakh. Few bookies were involved in the match-fixing and they will be arrested soon."

He said that the investigation into match-fixing is continuing as more people are involved in it.

On October 2, CCB sleuths arrested Bhavesh Bafna, one of the two bookies against whom an FIR was filed. Another bookie Sanyam is absconding. The two allegedly approached Ballari Tuskers team to give away "more than ten runs per over, but the bowlers refused".

Belagavi Panthers franchise owner Ashfaq Ali Thar was picked up after his role in betting was established. He had allegedly placed bets with a Dubai-based bookie and was in touch with players of other teams during the league.

CCB sleuths had earlier also summoned four cricketers for questioning and later let them off.

A senior police officer said that many big names are involved in the betting racket which would come out during the course of the investigation.

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