Belagavi Panthers suspended for KPL match-fixing scandal

CCB arrests two batsmen in KPL spot-fixing scandal

Former K'taka cricketers CM Gautam, Abrar Kazi arrested on charges of spot-fixing in KPL

Till now four players have been arrested in the case the tally of players' arrest to four, with Nishant Singh Shekhawat and M Viswanathan being the ones arrested earlier. Both Kazi and Gautam played for Ballari Tuskers in this years edition of the KPL with Gautam being the captain of the team.

Three others, including Ali Ashfaq Thara, the owner of the Belagavi Panthers team, have been arrested since the scandal came to light a couple of months ago.

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. The police, after investigation, found that the bookies had asked Vishwanathan to score less than 10 runs in 20 balls in a match against the Hubli Tigers.

Gautam, the wicketkeeper-batsman shifted to Goa and Kazi is now a part of the Mizoram setup.

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

Gautam has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket and was Vinay Kumar's deputy for a long time.

KPL authorities also banned the team Belagavi Panthers.

Match-fixing activities happening behind the scenes are a total disgrace to the gentleman's game.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Cricket Association announced the suspension of the Belagavi Panthers franchise. A statement from the association, signed by its secretary Santosh Menon, has said it will take "appropriate and stringent action" if they are found guilty.

KSCA went on to add saying that it has been extending all possible cooperations to the investigating police in finding any such incidents and for taking necessary action against those who have committed illegal acts.

Both Gautham and Kazi had been named in their respective state squads for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament, scheduled to begin on Friday.

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