Belagavi Panthers, KPL
Belagavi Panthers (Credits: Twitter)

Match-fixing activities happening behind the scenes are a total disgrace to the gentleman’s game. In the latest development, match-fixing shocked Karnataka Premier League (KPL) and the state cricket association had suspended Belagavi Panthers franchise, whose owner identified as Ali Ashfaq Thara is among the six people arrested by the police so far in association with the infamous scandal.

The official announcement came on a day when a first-class player named C M Gautam had turned up for three IPL teams, and his former Karnataka teammate by the name of Abrar Qazi of Bellary Tuskers were arrested for allegedly accepting cash to spot-fix matches in the Karnataka Premier League.

Belagavi Panthers
Belagavi Panthers (Credits: Twitter)

6 people were arrested over match-fixing:

As many as six people have been arrested over the match-fixing scandal that was exposed to the recent arrest of Ali Ashfaq Thara recently.

“Based on the initial investigation report, the KSCA has suspended the owners of the franchise – Belagavi Panthers, one of the franchises of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL). In case they are found guilty, their franchise will be terminated,” the Karnataka Cricket Association added in a statement.

Belagavi Panthers
Belagavi Panthers (Credits: Twitter)

The KSCA has announced that any other franchise, players, match officials and support staff who are arrested based on the first impression evidence of their alleged involvement in any illegal activity will be suspended quickly and if found guilty, appropriate and strict action will be taken.

KSCA went on to add saying that it has been extending all possible cooperations to the investigating police in finding any such incidents and for taking necessary action against those who have committed illegal acts.