KPL only after spot-fixing probe: KSCA

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Bengaluru, November 22: With the investigation related to the match-fixing scandal in full swing, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has decided not to organize the next edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) until the probe is completed.

This announcement comes after the city police sent out a notice to the cricketing body few days ago seeking explanation to the 18 points mentioned.

Vinay Mruthyunjay, Treasurer, KSCA, told IANS, “We will definitely not conduct the KPL tournament matches till the investigation is completed and the final report from the police comes out.”

“The police asked for a lot of information pertaining to KPL tournament, teams, scorecards, video footage of all the matches, details of all the players, phone numbers,” Mruthyunjaya added.

The Treasurer also stated that neither the KSCA nor BCCI had any suspicion of spot-fixing, match-fixing, betting, honeytraps, foreign holidays and others in the multi-crore scandal in the BCCI-approved T20 league.

It is believed the local league cricketers were making more money through spot-fixing than the match fee. “We will check up, we did not have any formidable information in this regard. Let me discuss with our officers also,” Mruthyunjaya said.

The cheer girls hired by the franchisees are suspected to be involved in honeytrapping some cricketers. “We would not know, police would be knowing. KSCA never employs cheer girls, the teams employ the cheer girls,” added Mruthyunjaya.

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