Central Crime Branch (CCB) has arrested two more in relation to the match-fixing scandal that hit the Karnataka Premier League (KPL), a few days back. CCB held Blaster bowling coach Vinu Prasad and batsman Vishwanathan for their alleged role in match-fixing and were arrested.
The arrest comes in relation to match-fixing allegation during the 2018 season of the Karnataka Premier League. As per the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil, the duo had fixed a game a between Bengaluru Blasters and Belgavi Panthers.
The Police further revealed that the batsman Vishwanathan batted slowly in lieu of Rs 5 lakh. Patil also revealed that there are few other parties to the fixing and they will arrest them soon.
“The accused were involved in fixing a match in 2018 between Bangalore and Belgavi teams. The accused batsman batted slowly for which he got Rs 5 lakh. Few bookies were involved in the match-fixing and they will be arrested soon,” Sandeep Patil said.
The Police Officer; however, said that they will continue with investigation pertaining to Karnataka Premier League as they feel many are still roaming in the streets. On October 2, CCB sleuths arrested Bhavesh Bafna, one of the two bookies. Another one, Sanyam is absconding. The two allegedly approached Ballari Tuskers team to give away more than ten runs per over, but the bowlers refused.
Previously, CCB officers also summoned four cricketers for questioning and later let them off. Karnataka Premier League franchise Belgavi Panthers owner Ashfaq Ali Thar was also picked up after his relation with betting was established.