Bengaluru, October 2: On Wednesday, the investigation on the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) fixing and betting scandal got an interesting twist as Central Crime Branch (CCB) dug deeper for more evidence.
The investigation led by Sandeep Patil, the Joint Commissioner, have arrested the IPL and KPL matches celebrity drummer Bhavesh Bafna – a Delhi-based bookie.
It is believed Bafna got in touch with several KPL players during the T20 tournament to fix matches. The CCB arrested Bafna after Ballari Tuskers’ fast bowler Bhavesh Gulecha approached the Jayanagar Police Station to give his statement on the fixing and betting. The investigation also brought another kingpin Sanyam into light and he is also been taken into custody for questioning.
Spot-fixing in KPL
During a KPL game, the bookies got in touch with the players through signs and signals from the boundary line. Later, the bowlers obeyed their orders to give away more than 10 runs-an-over – claimed Gulecha.
Midway through the KPL season, bookies met Gulecha at a cafe in JP Nagar to share details on spot-fixing matches. Later, they again met the pacer at the Taj Hotel near the Kempegowda International Airport to finalise the deal. During this meeting, Bafna introduced the second bookie Sanyam to Gulecha. The deal failed as Gulecha declined to take their offer.
How did they make it work?
Following the meeting with KPL players, Bafna turned up at the matches as the official drummer. During the course of the game, Bafna signalled at the bowlers through a number of beats to which the players gave away runs in their spell. Simultaneously, Bafna reached out to bookies on phone from the boundary line. Not just at KPL, Bafna was also reported to be playing the drums during the Royal Challengers Bangalore games.