Karnataka Premier League: Bowling coach, batsman arrested on fixing charges

Karnataka cricketers CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi have been arrested by the Central Crime Branch Bangalore for their alleged role in the Karnataka Premier League fixing scandal, according to a report in ANI.

The incident also comes at a time when the Board of Control for Cricket in India had filed a case with the Bengaluru police about bookies approaching a cricketer from the women's team during a match in Bengaluru.

The two cricketers have been accused of receiving a total of ₹20 lakh to "bat slow" in the 2019 KPL final match between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers.

CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested in Bangalore by a special unit investigating corruption and fixing. "We are gathering clinching evidence before making more arrests", the official concluded.

Domestic veteran CM Gautam, who is now playing as a professional for Goa in India's domestic season this year, has been arrested in Karnataka Premier League fixing scandal.

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"CCB have made two important arrests in the KPL spot-fixing scandal", Sandeep Patil, the Joint Commissioner of Police, told ESPNcricinfo in a text message. They did spot fixing in KPL 2019 finals between Hubli and Bellary. Gautam and Kazi are also alleged to have been involved in fixing another match, against the Bengaluru Blasters. They were paid two million rupees ($28,000) for slow batting.

The 33-year-old Gautam is a seasoned campaigner having turned up for Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. "Further investigations are on and more arrests will be made".

He captained a team with the likes of Robin Uthappa, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Manish Pandey.

The owner of a Karnataka Premier League cricket team was arrested by the police in relation with a betting scandal on Tuesday, police said. It is unclear whether he will retain that spot. He transferred to Mizoram at the start of this season.

On the contrary, Kazi played for Nagaland last season before shifting to Mizoram and both of them have named in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, beginning on Friday, squads of their respective states.

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