Central Crime Branch of Bengaluru city police probing allegations of match-fixing and spot-fixing in Karnataka Premier League (KPL) netted the first big fish on Thursday, with the arrest of former Karnataka Ranji captain and wicketkeeper CM Gautam.
Gautam's Tuskers have taken the field against the Hubli Tigers in the tournament finals this year.
Both the players were allegedly paid Rs 20 lakhs for slow batting in the final and also foxed another match where they featured against the Bengaluru team in KPL. Gautam, who opened the innings in a 153-run chase in the final, scored 29 (37) with the help of two fours before getting out stump in the 15th over off spinner Shreyas Gopal.
A former India A player, Gautam has had stints in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils. Kazi also played Ranji for Karnataka.
Meanwhile, Shekhawat was accused of helping bookies connect with other players and coaching staff to get them involved in illegal betting.
"The CCB has made two important arrests in the KPL spot-fixing scandal".
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The two cricketers had shifted to Goa and Mizoram earlier in the domestic season respectively.
The report stated that the police discovered Viswanathan was allegedly tasked with scoring fewer than ten runs in 20 balls in a 2018 fixture against Hubli Tigers, a fix in which he allegedly confirmed participation by changing bats and rolling up his sleeves. Police said Vishwanathan changed his bat to signal the bookie during the match and also folded the jersey. "Further investigations are on and more arrests will be made", the message read.
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.
Kazi, 30, has played 17 first-class matches.
The coach allegedly manipulated a game between Bengaluru Blasters and Belagavi Panthers past year.