CCB arrest CM Gautam, Abrar Kazi on spot-fixing charges

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Bengaluru, November 7: Former Karnataka Ranji Trophy wicket-keeper and Bellary Tuskers captain CM Gautam and all-rounder Abrar Kazi have been arrested for their alleged involvement in Karnataka Premier League spot-fixing scandal.

Gautam, who has represented 94 first-class matches for Karnataka while Kazi, 17 first-class matches including Karnataka and Nagaland, are accused of spot-fixing in the KPL 2019 final between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers clash played on August 31.

The duo were allegedly paid Rs. 20 lakh in cash by the bookies to bat slowly while fixing another game against Bengaluru Blasters in the KPL.

Having played for Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, Gautam recently moved to Goa after nine fruitful years with home team this season. He was a key player in the Karnataka senior squad that clinched the domestic titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Owing to his extensive experience in the domestic circuit, Gautam was named Goa skipper for the forthcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – which begins from tomorrow.

It is believed that the CCB sleuths travelled to Goa to continue their investigation and questioned Gautam. Following his arrest today, his contract has been terminated with immediate effect Gautam left the squad on Tuesday.

Bengaluru Blasters’ Nishant Singh Shekhawat aka as Chotu in the local cricketing circles, was arrested by the CCB on Wednesday. As of today, four cricketers and three persons have been put behind the bars in connection to fixing in the KPL.

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