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Karnataka Cricketers CM Gautam & Abrar Kazi Arrested for Fixing Links in KPL

Former Ranji Trophy player CM Gautam was arrested by the Karnataka Police on Thursday on charges of spot-fixing in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL). "Bellary team captain CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested".

"The two players were reportedly paid Rs 20 lakh for slow batting, and also for other things".

The Indian Express reported that Shekhawat played an intermediary role between bookie Manoj Kumar alias Monty, and Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach Vinu Prasad, who was arrested alongside Blasters batsman M Viswanathan in late October. Gautam, captain and wicket keeper for Ballari Tuskers, opened the innings and scored 29 runs with two boundaries from 37 balls.

Wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested in Bangalore by a special unit investigating corruption and fixing in the Karnataka Premier League.

On the other hand, Kazi had made his T20 debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2011.

"Cricket player Nishanth Singh Shekawat has been arrested".

Both Gautham, who plays for Goa now, and Kazi, who represents Mizoram, had been named in their respective state squads for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament, scheduled to begin on Friday. Gautam, in fact, led the team and helped them make it to the final where they lost to Hubli Tigers. Kazi shifted to Mizoram. A couple of months ago, the owner of a Karnataka Premier League team Belagavi Panthers Ashfaq Ali Thara was arrested in connection with an alleged worldwide cricket betting scandal. "The investigation is ongoing and more arrests will be done in a couple of days" the officer added.

The KPL fixing got here to limelight with the arrest of Ali Ashfaq Thara, who owned the Belagavi workforce. In the league match against Bengaluru Blasters, Kazi was asked to concede more than 10 runs in the fifth over which he did. Before moving to Goa this year, the 33-year old wicket-keeper batsman has played 94 First-class matches for his home state.

The coach allegedly manipulated a game between Bengaluru Blasters and Belagavi Panthers previous year.

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