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Batsman Arrested for Fixing Links in Karnataka Premier League

Nishant Singh Shekhawat, a cricketer in the Karnataka Premier League, has been arrested by the central crime branch police in Bangalore on charges of involvement in fixing matches in the 2018 edition, according to a report in the Indian Express.

Cricketnext Staff |November 6, 2019, 11:21 AM IST
Batsman Arrested for Fixing Links in Karnataka Premier League

Nishant Singh Shekhawat, a cricketer in the Karnataka Premier League, has been arrested by the central crime branch police in Bangalore on charges of involvement in fixing matches in the 2018 edition, according to a report in the Indian Express.

The 29-year-old came under the scanner only after the arrests of the bowling coach of the Bengaluru Blasters team Vinu Prasad and a batsman M Vishwanathan on account of cheating and conspiracy.

Shekhawat “was in touch with bookies and contacted Vinu Prasad to fix players,” the police said.

Shekhawat is understood to have helped Prasad & Vishwanathan get in touch with Chandigarh based bookie Manoj Kumar alias Monty.

According to the police, Vishwanathan was asked by bookies to score less than 10 runs in 20 deliveries against the Hubbali Tigers in 2018 and he scored nine runs of 17 balls. Vishwanathan is believed to have received Rs 5 lakh for in Mysore.

He also allegedly sent out signals of his agreement to the bookies with a change of bat and the rolling up of his sleeves.

Since September, Bengaluru’s crime branch have in their net the owner of the Belagavi Panthers team Ali Asfak Thara, 40; a celebrity drummer in the KPL and other tournaments like the IPL and TNPL, Bhavesh Bafna, 26; and has named two Delhi bookies Sanyam Gulati and Jatin Sethi for involvement in the illegal betting racket in the KPL.

They’ve also interrogated Arvind Venkatesh Reddy, the owner of the Ballari Tuskers team.

A member of the Ballari Tuskers team in the 2019 KPL, fast bowler Bhavesh Gulecha, 26, has told the police that he was approached on behalf of bookies by Bhavesh Bafna, 26, the celebrity drummer, to under perform during a KPL match. Gulecha has given a statement to the police saying he was approached by Bafna to give away more than 10 runs an over in a match in the 2019 KPL.

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