KPL: Former RCB and MI Players, CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi arrested for spot fixing

IN 2009, Karnataka Premier League became the first state-run adaptation of the IPL format and was approved by BCCI, currently, seven teams compete in the tournament with Bellary Tuskers being one of the successful franchise and won the very recent KPL Tournament.

With that said the captain of Bellary Tuskers, CM Gautam and spinner Abrar Kazi have been arrested on charges of spot-fixing in the Karnataka Premier League concluded in August this year.

CM Gautam has also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL and regular IPL watchers can recognize his face and on the other hand, spinner Abrar Kazi has played a single IPL back in 2011 for Rajasthan Royals.

sources said that Gautam and Abrar Kazi has agreed to do “slow batting” for a total sum of 20 lakh Indian Rupees in the final match with Hubli Tigers at Mysore, Gautam, who opened the innings in a 153-run chase in the final, scored 29 (37) and Kazi coming to bat at number 9, scored 13 (6).

According to a text message sent to ESPNcricinfo by Joint Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil, he revealed the details of the arrest of the two cricketers.

“The CCB has made two important arrests in the KPL spot-fixing scandal. Bellary team captain CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested. They did spot-fixing in KPL 2019 finals between Hubli and Bellary. They were paid Rs 20 lakhs for slow batting. Also, they fixed another match against the Bangalore team. Further investigations are on and more arrests will be made,” the message read.