Bengaluru, Nov 7 : The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has arrested two former Karnataka Ranji players CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi on charges of spot-fixing in the finals of Karnataka Premier League (KPL), earlier this year.
According to a report in Cricinfo on Thursday, Gautam, captain of Bellary Tuskers, and his team-mate Kazi allegedly accepted Rs 20 lakh for "slow batting" in the KPL finals against Hubli Tigers on August 31 this year, which the Tuskers lost by eight runs. The duo are also alleged to have been involved in fixing another match, against the Bengaluru Blasters in the KPL.
A former India-A player, Gautam has played Ranji from Karnataka and Goa and has featured in several editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), representing Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore as well. CM Gautam is one of the biggest names in Karnataka cricket and was a central figure in the Karnataka team that won back to back domestic trebles in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
On the other hand, Kazi had played for the Karnataka team before moving onto Nagaland last year and making three 150+ scores as a middle-order batsman. He transferred to Mizoram at the start of this season. Kazi has played a solitary game for RCB. Earlier, cricketer Nishanth Singh Shekhawat was also arrested by the Karnataka police in connection with the KPL spot-fixing case on Tuesday.
He was accused of fixing a KPL match in 2018 between Bangalore and Belgavi team, in which he allegedly played slow and received Rs 5 lakh for the same. Meanwhile, further investigation was underway. Police, during the course of investigation, had also arrested Belgavi Panthers team's owner Ali, Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach Vinu Prasad and batsman Vishwanathan. (UNI)