Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials have summoned four cricketers over the recent match-fixing speculations in the Karnataka Premier League. Notably, all four were a part of the recently-concluded tournament. They have earlier interrogated Ali Asfak Thara, owner of Belagavi Panthers.

Belagavi Panthers finished third in the KPL 2019 after they bowed out from the competition losing in the qualifiers. They had won the T20 title in 2017 and had finished runners-up twice.

As per reports, the aforesaid cricketers are in touch with Ali over suspected match-fixing and betting cases. CCB has not revealed the names of the cricketers due to security reasons. At least two players were from a different KPL franchisee, CCB stated.

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The Police has claimed that Ali Asfak Thara has been in constant touch with the players from the other franchises. They also stated that Ali was in touch with cricketers not from his team when his franchise was playing matches. However, CCB is yet to find out the specific role of the players.

Cricket Schedule for the Karnataka Premier League 2019,
Karnataka Premier League. Credit: Twitter

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The Police will also seek help from the state association and BCCI’s anti-corruption unit to solve the case as early as possible. They will hope to set a stern action so that cricketers don’t try to get involved in such cases.

“The inquiry is still at its initial stages and a detailed investigation is required. We will seek the assistance of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and the anti-corruption unit of the BCCI too,” Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said.

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On the other hand, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has clearly stated that they will help CCB fully regarding the suspected match-fixing cases.

“The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) will assist the police and cooperate with them fully in the matter,” a KSCA official said.

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