KPL: KSCA Suspends Belagavi Panthers Franchise Over Match-Fixing

Ross Houston
November 8, 2019

The Central Crime Branch investigating officer said that more arrests are expected.

It may be recalled that two days ago CCB had arrested Nishanth Singh Shekawat, a batsman playing for Bengaluru Blasters team in connection with an global betting scam in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) 2018.

CM Gautam, a wicket keeper batsman has played for the likes of Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challangers Bangalore in the IPL, winning the tournament twice with Mumbai Indians in 2013 and 2015. KSCA further clarified the fact that they can not accept any illegal activities such as betting and match-fixing.

Police said the two were involved in fixing in the KPL 2019 final between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers after accepting Rs 20 lakh each for slow batting.

Betting and match-fixing have always been an inseparable part of the game for many years.

The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has suspended Gautam and Kazi with immediate effect. Three others including the owner of the Belagavi team, have been arrested in the past couple of months since the scandal came to light.

KPL authorities also banned the team Belagavi Panthers. He has 17 first-class appearances to his name.

Karnataka Cricket Association on Thursday announced its decision of suspending the Belagavi Panthers franchise. The final match of KPL 2019 was played between Hubli and Bellary team.

The two are also believed to have been involved in fixing another match against the Bengaluru Blasters. "In case they are found guilty, their franchise will be terminated", the Karnataka Cricket Association added in a statement.

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. "He has been replaced by Darshan Misal as the captain and we have sent a player Prathamesh as his replacement (for the tournament)", Goa Cricket Association secretary Vipul Phadke told PTI. 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.

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