CM Gautam
CM Gautam (Credits: IPL)

The ongoing investigation of Karnataka Premier League (KPL) spot-fixing scandal has opened the pandora’s box. In the latest development, the Central Crime Branch Bangalore has arrested two high-profile domestic names – CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi. Both the players are now facing legal action for their alleged involvement in the fixing scandal.

CM Gautam and Kazi represented Bellary Tuskers in the tournament. Gautam, in fact, led the team and helped them make it to the final where they lost to Hubli Tigers.  CM Gautam currently plays for Goa in domestic cricket after shifting his base earlier this season. Kazi, on the other hand, plays for Mizoram.

As per a report in Sportstar, both the players were paid “Rs 20 lakhs for batting slow” in the final. Bellary had lost the final by just eight runs. Chasing 153, Bellary were all out for 144. Gautam, meanwhile, has also played in the Indian Premier League, having plied his trade for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).

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Both Gautam and Kazi  were also named in Goa and Mizoram squads respectively for the Syed Myshtaq Ali T20, which begins on Friday. The state teams are now likely to drop the two after the latest development.

Before Gautam and Kazi too, the police had made a number of arrests. Earlier this week, the police had nabbed Bengaluru Blasters player Nishant Singh Shekhawat, was arrested. Shekhawat has been accused of helping bookies to contact the team members. Prior to Shekhawat’s arrest, the police had arrested bowling coach of the Bengaluru Blasters team Vinu Prasad and a batsman M Vishwanathan on account of cheating and conspiracy.

Both Prasad and Vishwanathan were reportedly introduced to the bookie by Shekhawat. A couple of months ago, the owner of a Karnataka Premier League team Belagavi Panthers Ashfaq Ali Thara was arrested in connection with an alleged international cricket betting scandal.