KPL match fixing case: All about CM Gautam, the former IPL cricketer

CM Gautam, a first-class player who turned up for three IPL teams, and his former Karnataka teammate Abrar Qazi were on Thursday arrested for allegedly accepting money to spot-fix in the scandal-ridden Karnataka Premier League.

Domestic veteran CM Gautam, who is now playing as a professional for Goa in India's domestic season this year, has been arrested in Karnataka Premier League fixing scandal. The duo are accused of spot-fixing in the final of the tournament played between Hubli Tigers and Bellary Tuskers held on August 31 earlier this year.

"The two players were reportedly paid Rs 20 lakh for slow batting, and also for other things".

In the fixing case in the Karnataka Premier League 2018 edition, former Bangalore Blasters opener, M Vishwanathan was also arrested by the Bengaluru Police. Gautam, captain and wicket keeper for Ballari Tuskers, opened the innings and scored 29 runs with two boundaries from 37 balls. While he could not make it to the playing 11 of Royal Challengers Bengaluru, he made the cut for Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils teams. Wicketkeeper-batsman Gautam has previously played for Karnataka senior team and ahead of this season, moved to Goa. The two players were also said to have been involved in fixing another match against Bengaluru Blasters.

Eventually, the Tuskers lost the final to Hubli Tigers by eight runs and according to present developments, the slow batting affected the result. Kazi had also played one match for RCB in 2011. He shifted allegiance to Goa this season. "Also, they fixed another match against Bengaluru team", an investigation officer said.

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Each Gautham and Kazi had been named of their respective state squads for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match, scheduled to start on Friday.

Further investigations are on and more arrests are likely to happen.

A total of seven people, including four players, have been arrested till now in the KPL spot-fixing case.

September 24: The KPL match-fixing and spot-fixing scandal came to light with the CCB arresting Belagavi Panthers team owner Ali Asfak Thara for placing bets on matches.

  • Lawrence Cooper