KPL match fixing case: All about CM Gautam, the former IPL cricketer

KPL match fixing case: All about CM Gautam, the former IPL cricketer

In this match, they were offered Rs 20 lakh for slow batting. The Central Crime Branch investigating officer said that more arrests are expected.

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. He had also featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL), being a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and Mumbai Indians (MI). KSCA further clarified the fact that they can not accept any illegal activities such as betting and match-fixing. They did spot-fixing in KPL 2019 finals between Hubli and Bellary. Police said Vishwanathan changed his bat to signal the bookie during the match and also folded the jersey.

He was a regular in the Karnataka team and was deputy to Vinay Kumar, having also led the team in the latter's absence.

The scandal came to light in September this year with the arrest of Belagavi Panthers owner Ali Asfak.

Gautam is a popular name in Karnataka cricket circles and was instrumental in helping the Karnataka Ranji cricket team win back-to-back domestic trebles in 2013-14 and 2014-15.

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"Based on the initial investigation report, the KSCA has suspended the owners of the franchise - Belagavi Panthers, one of the franchise of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL)".

Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Cricket Association announced the suspension of the Belagavi Panthers franchise.

The two are also believed to have been involved in fixing another match against the Bengaluru Blasters.

Kazi was playing for Bellary Tuskers under Goutam's captaincy in the KPL tourney 2019. "He has been replaced by Darshan Misal as the captain and we have sent a player Prathamesh as his replacement (for the tournament)", Goa Cricket Association secretary Vipul Phadke told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.

Goutam was supposed to represent the Goa cricket team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T-20 tournament scheduled to begin from Friday.

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