Former Karnataka Ranji players Gautam Qazi arrested in KPL spot-fixing scandal

Ross Houston
November 7, 2019

The announcement came on a day when CM Gautam, a first- class player who turned up for three IPL teams, and his former Karnataka teammate Abrar Qazi of Bellary Tuskers were arrested for allegedly accepting money to spot-fix matches in the KPL.

Gautam's Tuskers have taken the field against the Hubli Tigers in the tournament finals this year. They were paid 20 lakhs for slow batting, and for other things.

Two more domestic cricketers were arrested on Thursday in connection with the Karnataka Premier League fixing scandal, taking the total number of those detained to six. The Mizoram cricket association officials, when contacted, said Kazi had left for Bengaluru a couple of days ago and they are closely watching the events unfolding.

Gautam is by far the most prolific name to emerge in the KPL fixing scandal, which broke in September.

The arrest comes close on the heels of the detentionof Bengaluru team player Nishant Singh Shekhawat earlier thisweek. The Tuskers lost the final by eight runs.

In September, the owner of a Karnataka Premier League team Belagavi Panthers Ashfaq Ali Thara was arrested in connection with an alleged global cricket betting scandal. 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.

Other than that includes within the Ranji Trophy for Karnataka and Goa, Gautam has performed within the IPL for RCB, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils, the officer added.

Gautam, perhaps the biggest name to be caught in the scandal, has 94 first-class games to his credit and was a regular in the Karnataka team. More arrests are expected, the CCB said.

CCB arrested the Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach Vinu Prasad and Ali Asfak Thara, the owner of the Belagavi Panthers, who were involved in fixing directly.

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

Kazi, a bowling allrounder who also played under Gautam at some point, had a more stop-start career with Karnataka before moving onto Nagaland previous year and making three 150+ scores as a middle-order batsman.

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