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The evil raises its ugly head again?

http://ibnlive.in.com/news/mumbai-c...-say-calls-were-made-to-pak/391811-3-237.html

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police have arrested cricket bookie Ramesh Vyas along with two others. This came after the police conducted raids at the Lalvani Mansion in Mumbai's Kalbadevi area.

A total of 92 phones have been seized. Rs 60,000 have also been recovered from their possession.

The police have confirmed that 30 calls were made to Pakistan. The police say those arrested were watching the Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils match when the raids happened on Tuesday.

This comes at a time when the Mumbai Police is investigating a kidnap and murder case linked to betting in the IPL. Thirteen-year-old Aditya Ranka from South Mumbai was allegedly kidnapped by his cousin Himanshu and then brutally murdered by his friend. The cousin had reportedly lost Rs 10 lakh over betting on IPL matches.
 
India is the epicenter of illegal match fixing in cricket. But who cares as long as the money keeps on rolling.
 
And innocent Pakistan keeps getting dragged in for no reason.

Not so innocent. The temptation of easy money is too strong for Pakistanis and there is a big gambling culture in Pakistan as well. But he epicenter is still india. Had it not been for the bookies in India, the glamor and high stakes generated there, I dont think Pakistanis would face such a strong temptation.
 
why the temptation is too strong & since you admit there is a big gambling culture, may be YOU are the epicenter . remember,your cricketers including skipper were jailed in England .

There is no need to take this personally. It is well documented how India plays a big role in this corrupt industry. Others are part of it but the connections all lead to india.

Hansie Cronje- corrupted by indian bookies.

Pakistani players- corrupted by indian bookies in the 90s.

The entire Indian team of the 90- corrupted by Indian bookies (according to Indian board themselves and decided to stay away from Sharjah, at least thats their official stance)

And while the 3 pakistani players were caught and banned by the British, the fact is it was a sting, a false offer and all that. But by the same token players like Azhar, Prabhakar and Jadeja were also involved AND BANNED by Indian board itself.

Is hamam mein sab nangey hein.

You take out the illegal betting mafia from Mumbai and you will see the difference.
 
If the bookies were fixing on IPL, it's normal that they make calls all over the world to inform local betters.
 
a total of 92 phones confiscated, yet only 30 phone calls to Pakistan is highlighted in this news. :)
 
a total of 92 phones confiscated, yet only 30 phone calls to Pakistan is highlighted in this news. :)

When it comes to reporting on news pertaining to fixing, the label 'Pakistan' helps the sales. That's just how it is, thanks to the events of 2010.
 
India should make betting legal and in controlled fashion. As long as this doesn't happen 'illegal' betting will continue.

Authorities will take any action only when something happens due to betting as in this case, otherwise they are happy to ignore.
 
Indian bookies at it again, trying to corrupt cricketers and the game of cricket !
 
Cricket bookie arrested, police say calls were made to Pak

When it comes to reporting on news pertaining to fixing, the label 'Pakistan' helps the sales. That's just how it is, thanks to the events of 2010.

Comments like that can come back and bite you in the ass ... Surprisingly... Very quickly at times

:)
 
India should make betting legal and in controlled fashion. As long as this doesn't happen 'illegal' betting will continue.

Authorities will take any action only when something happens due to betting as in this case, otherwise they are happy to ignore.
This is the best way to go.

However, there is a big issue in doing this especially in India (same for other subcontinent teams).

In our part of the world, making law is easy but implementing it is almost impossible.

We have drinking age set. But how easy it is for teenagers to buy alcohol or smoke ? The shops won't even ask for Id before selling alcohol to 16 year olds.

So, if betting gets legal but it is not enforced properly, too many who are not supposed to play will start playing as it will be easily accessible.

My thought will be, think of making it legal but at the same time decide how to keep minors out of this and strict implementation of rules at betting places.
 
India is the epicenter of illegal match fixing in cricket. But who cares as long as the money keeps on rolling.

this is the truth which everyone in the world knows. I dont know how people can deny it. Most of the bookies are from India..
 
How does one remember 92 different phone numbers.
 
Not so innocent. The temptation of easy money is too strong for Pakistanis and there is a big gambling culture in Pakistan as well. But he epicenter is still india. Had it not been for the bookies in India, the glamor and high stakes generated there, I dont think Pakistanis would face such a strong temptation.
Lol nonsense, do they have no self control? That's like blaming women for wearing revealing clothing when they're assaulted.
 
Lol nonsense, do they have no self control? That's like blaming women for wearing revealing clothing when they're assaulted.

You will be surprised with number of people subscribing to that theory and blame mainly women. LOL.
 
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Lol nonsense, do they have no self control? That's like blaming women for wearing revealing clothing when they're assaulted.

You are missing my point. I am not defending them.

All I am stating is that the root cause of this evil is originating from India. Players from all countries are susceptible. Pakistanis more so because of the poor returns some cricketers make as compared to cricketers from other countries. I am in no way defending them and fully support bans, penalties, fines, whatever against them.. More so if they are Pakistanis.
 
Comments like that can come back and bite you in the ass ... Surprisingly... Very quickly at times

:)

What, it still holds true mate.

The first cricketing nation you think of should a fixing story break is sadly, Pakistan.
 
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Cricket bookie arrested, police say calls were made to Pak

What, it still holds true mate.

The first cricketing nation you think of should a fixing story break is sadly, Pakistan.

That seems to be changing fast with Indians and IPL, doesn't it?

Welcome to our world :)
 
That seems to be changing fast with Indians and IPL, doesn't it?

I think Pakistan's name might come in most minds mainly due to 3 international players going through high drama, court case with proof to do fixing in international matches and then serving jail time. India had lot of fixers in 90's as well so India is not free of fixers by a long shot. Indians have long history with fixers as well.
 
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I think Pakistan's name might come in most minds mainly due to 3 international players going through high drama, court case with proof and then serving jail time. India had lot of fixers in 90's as well so India is not free with fixers by a long shot.

Thats lost on Indian fans. Their entire board was suspicious of the entire Indian team of the late 80s and 90s and stopped them from playing in Sharjah. Then, without disclosing details of any official/unofficial inquiry they may have done on the issue, they banned three of their players from ever playing cricket.


Pakistan might be much maligned but I am proud to say we were the first ones (way before Cronje affair, before Butt gate, etc) to hold an inquiry for the national team, appointed an independent Judge, Justice Quyyum and then made his findings public. Due to insufficient evidence or whatever, they ended up fining a lot of the players and thats public knowledge.

But no other country has officially done that. Even Australia tried to bury the Waugh affair by holding a secret inquiry and their players continued to play.
 
Thats lost on Indian fans. Their entire board was suspicious of the entire Indian team of the late 80s and 90s and stopped them from playing in Sharjah. Then, without disclosing details of any official/unofficial inquiry they may have done on the issue, they banned three of their players from ever playing cricket.


Pakistan might be much maligned but I am proud to say we were the first ones (way before Cronje affair, before Butt gate, etc) to hold an inquiry for the national team, appointed an independent Judge, Justice Quyyum and then made his findings public. Due to insufficient evidence or whatever, they ended up fining a lot of the players and thats public knowledge.

But no other country has officially done that. Even Australia tried to bury the Waugh affair by holding a secret inquiry and their players continued to play.

Insufficient evidence? U mst be kidding. .justice qayyam report clearly says that players like saeed anwar, inzi also fixed few matches apsrt from usual suspects like akram...pakistan jst fined those players..in india justice chandrachur report also said azhar, jsdeja, chopra did mstches and the cbi report didnt have evidences to prove this in the court, yet bcci banned those players. .
 
Insufficient evidence? U mst be kidding. .justice qayyam report clearly says that players like saeed anwar, inzi also fixed few matches apsrt from usual suspects like akram...pakistan jst fined those players..in india justice chandrachur report also said azhar, jsdeja, chopra did mstches and the cbi report didnt have evidences to prove this in the court, yet bcci banned those players. .

You obviously have no idea how law works.

It was all hear say. There was no concrete evidence. Atta ur Rehman was one person who wanted to testify but then changed his statement and based on that PCB banned him.

There was enough circumstantial evidence to fine the players and they did that. They also removed Wasim from captaincy and did not let him lead the side in years afterwards.

Besides if India banned players so did Pakistan. Salim Malik, Akram Raza and Ata Ur REHMAN were all banned. Salim used to be the captain.
 
Pakistan might be much maligned but I am proud to say we were the first ones (way before Cronje affair, before Butt gate, etc) to hold an inquiry for the national team, appointed an independent Judge, Justice Quyyum and then made his findings public. Due to insufficient evidence or whatever, they ended up fining a lot of the players and thats public knowledge.

But no other country has officially done that. Even Australia tried to bury the Waugh affair by holding a secret inquiry and their players continued to play.

I see it differently.

Without being proved in court , BCCI banned fixers for life in 90's because there was enough to suggest that they were involved in fixing. I think that's the way to handle fixers. PCB also banned few in 90's but PCB gave their full backing to fixers from get go in last fixing saga. From the time, last fixing saga came out, I mainly remember PCB blaming English players or talking all sorts of stuff rather than taking any action. Ban was handed by ICC because PCB refused to take any action. In fact, PCB whole focus was on minimizing the punishment for fixers. I found that attitude puzzling.

India & Pakistan both have had long history with fixers but PCB and BCCI have handled fixing differently. I don't think any other board will refuse to take actions against fixers and also back fixers completely from get go.

I haven't read the Justice Quyyum reports from start to end but it was a good thing that inquiry brought many things in lime light. I don't think that the bad name of Pakistan is only due to having fixers but it has lot to do with what PCB did with fixers.

I don't think you should be either proud or ashamed because you are not responsible for fixers, PCB attitude or attitude of other boards. You are only responsible for voicing your thoughts when in comes to fixing. You should be proud of those thoughts for sure because you liked transparency even if it may put Pakistan in bad light.
 
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New Delhi: The "mastermind is sitting abroad," said Delhi Police Chief Neeraj Kumar today, after announcing the arrest of three cricketers from the Rajasthan Royals team, including India Test pacer S Sreesanth, and 11 bookies on charges of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League tournament now on.

To NDTV, Mr Kumar said that the police has a fair suspicion who this "mastermind", who uses a Dubai phone number, is, but would not share the name yet. He said there is no evidence as yet to show the involvement in IPL spot-fixing of one of India's most-wanted men, Dawood Ibrahim, though the police is investigating links between the Mumbai underworld and bookies.

There has been speculation about Dawood's involvement as the police sources allege that at least three of the bookies are suspected have worked for the don, who India believes lives in Karachi, Pakistan.

Police sources say phone calls were made or received by these bookies on Pakistan and Dubai numbers.

The police chief explained the alleged modus operandi of bookies and players in detail and shared that today's arrests were made after about months of investigations that included intercepting telephone conversations for the last two months. "We had information that the Mumbai underworld is indulging in match fixing and spot fixing. We were keeping them under surveillance," Mr Kumar said. The tip-off that the Mumbai underworld was in touch with bookies came in the middle of March, he said. (Watch)

The special cell of the Delhi police, which conducted the operation, has seized 51 mobile phones, five laptops and one recording machine in the case so far.

But a lot of money changed hands, the police have alleged. They have alleged that Sreesanth was offered Rs. 40 lakhs to give away more than 14 runs in an over that he bowled in a match against the Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on May 9. In an earlier match, the police alleged, another player arrested Ajit Chandila was given as advance of Rs. 20 lakh but failed to use a code to indicate that he would bowl a fixed over. They have accused a third player, Ankeet Chavan of giving away 15 runs in the second over in a match on May 15, for Rs. 60 lakh.

The bookies and the players, who were produced in court today and have been remanded to five days in custody, will be charged with cheating and criminal conspiracy, the police said.

Source

So these 3 idiots are indirectly helping terrorists? Imagine how much money the bookies would have made and transferred to the Don, abroad? I hope these 3 idiots get punished severely and should be considered as traitors.
 
There was enough circumstantial evidence to fine the players and they did that. They also removed Wasim from captaincy and did not let him lead the side in years afterwards..

Really ? I remember the Justice saying that he had a soft spot for Wasim who was a hero to him and therefore was lenient on him.That didn't create much news in Pakistan either.
 
An India player, an IPL regular and a Ranji Trophy coach are among those who figure in an internal investigation by the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), which has found rampant corruption in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

Sources involved with the probe say that bookies and match-fixers, after taking control of a franchise through an illegal deal with the team owner, are running “the team in such a way that they make windfall gain in betting”. Read in Tamil

Sources said that this “serious development” has the potential to compromise virtually the entire TN Twenty20 league, since “important persons in touch with bookies are spreading in different teams”.

They said that the investigators got wind of the operation following a money dispute between those involved. The ACU is taking legal opinion on this issue and is likely to lodge an FIR with the state police in the coming days.

Speaking to The Indian Express, BCCI’s ACU chief Ajit Singh said there were “a few instances when players were approached”.

“These players have informed us and we are checking who have approached them. We are taking statements asking when they were approached, under what circumstances. Usually, the messages come on WhatsApp, so we are trying to establish IDs. We haven’t questioned any team owners, yet,” said Singh, who is a former Rajasthan DGP.

There have been several cases of wide-spread corruption in unofficial micro-T20 leagues, but this is the first time a high-profile BCCI-recognised tournament has come under such a cloud.

The eight-team TNPL has its nerve centre at the iconic Chepauk Stadium and features top India players like R Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and Washington Sundar, among others.

Inaugurated by former India captain MS Dhoni four years ago, the league has Star India as its official broadcasters with prominent players-turned-commentators such as Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee, Scott Styris, Simon Doull, Michael Clarke and David Hussey calling games over the years.

The ACU investigators say a consortium comprising Gujarat and Kolkata-based bookies and a fixer involved with the tainted Rajputana Cricket League — one of the 14 people arrested over allegations of spot-fixing in 2017 by Jaipur Police — has been in touch with the owner of the TNPL team under the scanner since last April.

After a series a meetings at five-star hotels in Chennai, Agra and Jaipur, the owner was paid Rs 4 crore in lieu of control of the team, sources said. The alleged fixer from the Rajputana League, the point man of the deal, had promised others that they would make money through betting with inside information about the team and would also have the ability to manipulate play, sources said.

Sessions with major stakeholders of the TNPL and extensive scrutiny of the team in question threw up the name of a first-class cricketer and coach who were ready to toe the fixers’ line for a price. It has come to light that the coach was presented a diamond set by a bookie based out of Kolkata. The coach is also believed to have asked for an SUV before settling for an amount of Rs 25 lakh, sources said.

ACU sources say that one of the bookies confided to them that the coach was seen giving instructions to players on how many runs to score. With the coach now moving to a new team, the ACU fears that the rot might spread.

Another player labelled “dubious” by the ACU happens to be a regular with IPL teams over the years and is a known first-class cricketer. The player is said to have influenced others to fix games before the start of the 2019 season, and was hosted by the Kolkata-based bookie, sources said.

The probe also exposed an instance when bookies and fixers decided the franchise squad. Those interrogated by the ACU revealed that a young India player was preferred over a veteran since the owner had helped him in his education and provided financial help for his sister’s wedding.

https://indianexpress.com/article/s...-bookie-in-tamil-nadu-premier-league-5998046/
 
An India player, an IPL regular and a Ranji Trophy coach are among those who figure in an internal investigation by the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), which has found rampant corruption in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

Sources involved with the probe say that bookies and match-fixers, after taking control of a franchise through an illegal deal with the team owner, are running “the team in such a way that they make windfall gain in betting”. Read in Tamil

Sources said that this “serious development” has the potential to compromise virtually the entire TN Twenty20 league, since “important persons in touch with bookies are spreading in different teams”.

They said that the investigators got wind of the operation following a money dispute between those involved. The ACU is taking legal opinion on this issue and is likely to lodge an FIR with the state police in the coming days.

Speaking to The Indian Express, BCCI’s ACU chief Ajit Singh said there were “a few instances when players were approached”.

“These players have informed us and we are checking who have approached them. We are taking statements asking when they were approached, under what circumstances. Usually, the messages come on WhatsApp, so we are trying to establish IDs. We haven’t questioned any team owners, yet,” said Singh, who is a former Rajasthan DGP.

There have been several cases of wide-spread corruption in unofficial micro-T20 leagues, but this is the first time a high-profile BCCI-recognised tournament has come under such a cloud.

The eight-team TNPL has its nerve centre at the iconic Chepauk Stadium and features top India players like R Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and Washington Sundar, among others.

Inaugurated by former India captain MS Dhoni four years ago, the league has Star India as its official broadcasters with prominent players-turned-commentators such as Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee, Scott Styris, Simon Doull, Michael Clarke and David Hussey calling games over the years.

The ACU investigators say a consortium comprising Gujarat and Kolkata-based bookies and a fixer involved with the tainted Rajputana Cricket League — one of the 14 people arrested over allegations of spot-fixing in 2017 by Jaipur Police — has been in touch with the owner of the TNPL team under the scanner since last April.

After a series a meetings at five-star hotels in Chennai, Agra and Jaipur, the owner was paid Rs 4 crore in lieu of control of the team, sources said. The alleged fixer from the Rajputana League, the point man of the deal, had promised others that they would make money through betting with inside information about the team and would also have the ability to manipulate play, sources said.

Sessions with major stakeholders of the TNPL and extensive scrutiny of the team in question threw up the name of a first-class cricketer and coach who were ready to toe the fixers’ line for a price. It has come to light that the coach was presented a diamond set by a bookie based out of Kolkata. The coach is also believed to have asked for an SUV before settling for an amount of Rs 25 lakh, sources said.

ACU sources say that one of the bookies confided to them that the coach was seen giving instructions to players on how many runs to score. With the coach now moving to a new team, the ACU fears that the rot might spread.

Another player labelled “dubious” by the ACU happens to be a regular with IPL teams over the years and is a known first-class cricketer. The player is said to have influenced others to fix games before the start of the 2019 season, and was hosted by the Kolkata-based bookie, sources said.

The probe also exposed an instance when bookies and fixers decided the franchise squad. Those interrogated by the ACU revealed that a young India player was preferred over a veteran since the owner had helped him in his education and provided financial help for his sister’s wedding.

https://indianexpress.com/article/s...-bookie-in-tamil-nadu-premier-league-5998046/

Cricket corruption isn't going to go away with the stakes getting higher and higher. The bookies are only going to get smarter and more versatile.
 
The BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh Shekhawat on Tuesday suggested a match-fixing law, besides legalisation of betting, to tackle corruption in Indian cricket. Shekhawat, who was the Director General of Police in Rajasthan before taking charge of BCCI's Anti-corruption Unit in April 2018, gave his suggestions in an interview to PTI. This was after 12 cricketers, including national and international, reported corrupt approaches in the last one year, the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) came under scanner for suspect activity and a woman cricketer reported an approach from a bookie.

In the light of cases emerging from the leagues of Mumbai, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu this year, has match-fixing or spot fixing become unstoppable in the country?

"It is not unstoppable. We probably require a law against it, a match-fixing law. If there is a clear law against it, police will also have a clear cut role," Shekhawat said.


Last year, the Law Commission of India had expressed the need to make match-fixing a criminal offence, like it is in England and Australia.

Legalised betting is another way to deal with corruption in the game, said Shekhawat.

"May be there could be a thinking about legalising gambling so that all this illegal business which goes on can be controlled. Legal betting will be done under some parameters and it can be controlled.

"It will also bring a huge amount of revenue for the government, close to what the excise department generates. The amount of money which is bet on sports is mindboggling," said the retired IPS officer.


He said a move like this would also help keep a tab on the people involved as well as the money.

"Revenue is not the only consideration, there could be other issues which the government has in mind. I am not saying categorically that it should be legalised but it should be considered. It could be regulated when it is legalised, right now it is totally illegal.

"Once it is legalised you will also get the data on who is betting and how much is he betting. And while doing that, make illegal betting tougher. Right now you can get away with a fine of few hundreds or a few thousands," he said.

Men's cricket has been prone to corruption for long but now even the women's game is not immune to the menace. In February, an India woman cricketer reported a corrupt approach to the BCCI, prompting the ICC to conduct an inquiry. On Monday, an FIR was lodged against two individuals in the matter.

"Anything which is given wide publicity, which is telecast live, it lends itself to betting and once something lends itself to betting then it could be anything. If they find out that it is getting tough to make headway in men''s cricket, they may try to go to women's cricket.

"If that is also tough, they may try the state leagues and if that is also proving to be tough, they may they have their own league like it was in the case of Rajputana league," he pointed out.

Since Shekhawat took charge, the BCCI ACU has witnessed some wholesale changes in its functioning. The department has more staff now, eight personnel to be precise, and it plans to recruit 5-6 more in the near future.

"This is the first time we have totally taken over the anti-corruption of the state run leagues. It is also the first time our officials are staying at the team hotels to keep a watch on the players.

"We also organise anti-corruption classes for the participants. We tell them what anti-corruption code is, what the penalties are and what are the responsibilities cast upon each of the participants," he explained

"Like when an approach is made, it is incumbent upon the participant to report it. If he doesn't report it, it is an offence and he could be penalised. Due to anti-corruption classes, the players have started reporting approaches," Shekhawat added.

https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/bcc...ntain-corruption-2102163?amp=1&akamai-rum=off
 
In a country like Pak there will always be money to be made. First class cricketers can easily be bribed.
 
It is not the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) alone that has come under the scanner of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). The ACU has received ‘tip-offs’ about players being approached by unidentified people in other T20 leagues as well, including the Karnataka Premier League (KPL).

Top officials at the ACU confirmed to The Hindu that quite a few players in the KPL this season reported suspicious approaches. Players have sent the ACU screenshots of WhatsApp conversations, where unknown people — posing as fans — sought information about matches and team combinations.

“Some of the players involved in the KPL have reported instances where unknown people tried to be friendly with them via WhatsApp. We have taken note of their complaints and are looking into the matter,” BCCI’s ACU chief Ajit Singh said.

Keeping a close tab
While he did not reveal further details, it is learnt from highly reliable sources that the ACU is keeping a close tab on a few players — who have also played at the international level. There were allegations of malpractices in the KPL last year too, and the ACU had probed a few people. However, the investigation is still believed to be ongoing.

“For the franchise leagues, the bookies usually make lesser-known players who hail from the districts as the soft targets,” a source said.

Ajit agreed that the bookies usually take such an approach while trying to influence players. “However, it is a positive sign that the players are coming forward and reporting any suspicious activities. We are looking into all the aspects,” he said.

With allegations of corrupt practices surfacing, the BCCI this season had decided that its own ACU would be in charge of all the domestic leagues. Accordingly, a group of four ACU officers were deputed for the KPL and TNPL.

No information yet
The KSCA stated that it was yet to receive any information from the ACU. “We have not got any official communication in this regard. Once we do, we will take further action,” said KSCA secretary R. Sudhakar Rao.

Apart from the four ACU officials from the BCCI, there was also one Team Integrity Officer, appointed by the KSCA, embedded with each KPL team.

“They stay with the team throughout the tournament and are told to report any suspicious activity either to us or directly to the BCCI ACU. So far, we have not received any reports,” said KSCA spokesperson Vinay Mruthyunjaya.

https://www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/kpl-players-report-suspicious-approaches/article29442191.ece
 
New Delhi - India's cricket board has extended a match-fixing crackdown to regional leagues after the arrest of a team owner for making illegal bets with a Dubai-based bookie, officials said Wednesday.

Ashfaq Ali Thara, owner of a team in the Karnataka Premier League - a state-level Twenty20 competition - was arrested in Bangalore on Tuesday, police said.

Thara, who also owns a team in the Dubai T10 League, is under investigation for placing bets with a Dubai bookie, and is also being quizzed over a possible role in fixing matches.

"He has been arrested for betting and they are investigating other aspects," Ajit Singh, chief of the anti-corruption unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, told AFP.

The incident comes a week after the unit launched an inquiry into to an approach by suspected match fixers to players in this years Tamil Nadu Premier League.

A member of the Indian women's team was also approached by a bookie, and two suspects handed over to Karnataka police.

Singh, a former director-general of police, said there is now a greater focus on state-level leagues.

"The vigilance and awareness have increased and people are coming forward with it," he said.

"We have been conducting education classes for the players. We have been in touch with the associations also."

Gambling in India is illegal except in lotteries or horse racing, but thousands of bets are placed with illegal bookmakers at home and abroad on all aspects of cricket -- from the result to the number of runs in a specific over.

There is also no law to check online gambling that is making its way in to the Indian sports market, including cricket.

The Indian Premier League, the world's wealthiest national league, was hit by a spot-fixing scandal in 2013 which resulted in two-year bans on two teams.

Many Twenty20 leagues - including the Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League and Dubai league - have had their own fixing scandals which led to bans on players.

https://www.sport24.co.za/Cricket/india-extends-cricket-match-fixing-crackdown-20190925
 
Domestic veteran CM Gautam, who is currently playing as a professional for Goa in India’s domestic season this year has been arrested in Karnataka Premier League fixing scandal.

Gautam, originally from Karnataka, and Abrar Kazi, also from Karnataka but currently playing for Mizoram, too has been arrested for their alleged involvement in the 2019 KPL match-fixing case.

As per a report in The Sportstar, Gautam and Kazi were paid INR 2o Lakh for batting slow in the KPL 2019 final between Hubli Tigers and Bellary Tuskers. Both represented Bellary Tuskers and the final was won by Vinay Kumar-led Hubli Tigers.

The arrests have been made by Central Crime Branch Bangalore (CCB) and according to CCB sources, Further investigations are on and more arrests are likely to happen, reported the website.

Gautam has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. Gautam led Goa after switching side from Karnataka in the Vijay Harare Trophy 2019-20 while Kazi moved away from Karnataka last season and played for Nagaland in the 2018-19 domestic season.

This season, he was roped in by Mizoram. The dup have need named in their respective Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy squads.

Earlier, KPL Nishant Singh Shekhawat, was arrested for helping bookies reach out to players and coaching staff of teams to get them involved in illegal betting, alongside bowling coach of the Bengaluru Blasters team Vinu Prasad and a batsman M Vishwanathan on account of cheating and conspiracy.

In September, the owner of a KPL team Belagavi Panthers owner Ashfaq Ali Thara was arrested in connection with an alleged international cricket betting scandal.

https://www.cricketcountry.com/news...arnataka-premier-league-fixing-scandal-904862
 
Good job. Fixers should be punished ruthlessly. Life bans for anyone associated with it even remotely .
 
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that a bookie had approached a player during the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, which had been reported to the Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). “Even in the Syed Mushtaq, I was told that one of the players was approached but I don’t know the exact name. But there was an approach made and he reported it,” Ganguly told the media after the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai on Sunday.

The former captain said what players do after bookies approach them is the biggest problem. “That’s (approach) not the problem, that’s not wrong. What is wrong is what happens after they get approached,” he added.

Ganguly made the revelation when asked about the fixing scandals that rocked the Tamil Nadu Premier League and Karnataka Premier League.

In September, the police in Tamil Nadu have stumbled upon clues of match-fixing racket in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. A match-fixing scandal also surfaced in the Karnataka Premier League last month, leading to the arrest of an international bookie and a few players.

Some players like India international Abhimanyu Mithun, who is being under investigation in the KPL spot-fixing scandal, are also playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.

Ganguly said it is “very hard for the Board to stop tournaments because somebody is just approached” but admitted that “in some of the states it has gone to the next level”. “We have dealt with it (in case of TNPL and KPL). We have spoken to respective states. The KPL is on hold now till all these get cleared.

“There are tournaments in Chennai, Saurashtra and Mumbai. For Saurashtra and Mumbai, there has not been any complaints, but in Chennai, there have been couple of complaints, but we will deal with it.”

He said the Board will have to strengthen its Anti-Corruption Unit to deal with these kinds of issues.

“Nobody wants this, it doesn’t help anyone. And we will put a system at the two leagues in which betting and fixing happened, KPL is on hold and Chennai (TNPL) has suspended the two franchises.

“We have to get the anti-corruption system right, try and put the best anti-corruption, try and make it even stronger and assess it. If it doesn’t work or doesn’t stop, we will have to think of something else.”

https://www.india.com/sports/cricke...ched-by-bookie-during-t20-tournament-3863944/
 
Former Karnataka Cricketer Sudhendra Shinde Arrested in KPL Match-Fixing Scandal

A former cricketer and current Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) management committee member Sudhendra Shinde was arrested on Wednesday in relation to the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) match-fixing scandal.

The Bengaluru’s Central Crime Branch raided the house of Shinde on Monday and grilled him for two days based on leads they gleaned during their ongoing investigation. Shinde is a former Karnataka Ranji cricketer, coach of KPL team Belagavi Panthers and currently a member of the state association management committee.

“Shinde along with Ali Ashfaq Tara had allegedly fixed a few matches,” a police officer told PTI.

Tara was the first to be arrested in the investigation and Shinde is the ninth person to have been arrested now.

The KPL spot-fixing scandal was unearthed when a Ballari Tuskers bowler Bhavesh Gulecha lodged a complaint with the police against a bookie named Sayyam and celebrity drummer Bhavesh Bafna.

Since then, high-profile domestic cricketers CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi have also been arrested for their alleged roles in the scandal.

https://www.cricketcountry.com/news...e-arrested-in-kpl-match-fixing-scandal-908057
 
Betting, Match-Fixing In Indian Cricket Again, Andhra T20 League Under Scanner

A T20 League conducted by Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) has come under scanner for rampant betting and match-fixing. (More Cricket News)

The six-team league was conducted in Anantapur from October 23 to November 8 and according to media reports, ACA’s own anti-corruption unit flagged the league and also has started a through investigation.

ACA is looking into mass betting which took place during the matches with some cricketers, who played in the tournament, also being investigated.

According to TOI, a final report will be submitted to the association at the earliest.

ACA CEO Siva Reddy and secretary V Durga Prasad confirmed the developments adding, “if cricketers are found guilty, strictest action will be taken and ACA will seriously consider handing them a ban”.

ALSO READ: Andhra Pradesh Bans Online Gaming, Betting

The ACA had given the rights to operate the league to 21st Century Media (TNM), which has former first class cricketer Carlton Saldanha as general manager. It was supposed to be a not-for-profit tournament for the benefit of the state cricketers.

“It is sad, the way things have turned out,” An ACA official was quoted saying.

ACA and TCM had signed a deal for conducting the tournament in 2019 but with COVID-19 pandemic the league was postponed and then it was decided to have a league for a short duration only.

“We will look into the report seriously,” An ACA official said. The official further added that the ACA should see whether the tournament was held according to rules and regulations and were precautions taken to avoid such instances.

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Two suspected bookies arrested from inside Delhi stadium during IPL game


Additional DCP (Central) Rohit Meena said the accused have been identified as Manish Kansal (38), who was posing as housekeeping staff and Krishan Garg (26), who was posing as the health worker of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC).

Two men, suspected to be involved in illegal betting, were arrested from Arun Jaitley stadium on May 2, during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The two were caught by the special staff of the Central district after they entered the stadium using fake identities. Both have been produced before a Delhi Court and sent to five-days police custody.

Additional DCP (Central) Rohit Meena said the accused have been identified as Manish Kansal (38), who was posing as housekeeping staff and Krishan Garg (26), who was posing as the health worker of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). “We have lodged an FIR against them at I P Estate police station and recovered accreditation cards from their possession. We are now trying to find out the authenticity of the accreditation cards and how they got these cards,” Additional DCP Meena said.

Police personnel deployed at the stadium also shared the details of the arrest with the Anti-Corruption Wing of BCCI. “After monitoring their activities for around 45 minutes, both of them were taken into custody and they were questioned by the officials. They initially tried to mislead the investigators after cooking a false story and claiming to be an official, but after the sustained interrogation, they broke down. They confessed that they are involved in illegal betting,” a senior police officer said.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/two-bookies-arrested-from-delhi-stadium-during-ipl-game-7302784/
 

Sri Lanka orders seizure of passports of Indian nationals over match-fixing charge​


A court in Sri Lanka has ordered Indian nationals Yoni Patel and P Akash to surrender their passports as both are set to be indicted for match fixing in the unsanctioned Legends Cricket League here.

The two, who are currently out on bail, have been accused of trying to fix matches in the league, which was played between March 8 and 19 at Kandy's Pallekele Stadium.

A court in Sri Lanka has ordered Indian nationals Yoni Patel and P Akash to surrender their passports as both are set to be indicted for match fixing in the unsanctioned Legends Cricket League here.

The two, who are currently out on bail, have been accused of trying to fix matches in the league, which was played between March 8 and 19 at Kandy's Pallekele Stadium.

Patel owns the Kandy Swamp Army team in the event.

Former Sri Lanka ODI captain Upul Tharanga, who is currently the chairman of national selectors, and ex-New Zealand player Neil Broom had complained to the Special Investigation Unit of the Ministry of Sports about the approaches by Patel and Akash to fix games by under-performing in the league.

Patel and Akash were subsequently banned from leaving the country by the magistrate's court until the investigations could be completed.

The league is neither recognised by the ICC, nor Sri Lanka Cricket.

Sri Lanka was the first South Asian country to criminalise match-fixing and corruption in sports when it passed a law against the menace in 2019.

Anyone found guilty can be jailed for up to 10 years and also be required to pay fines.

The law also seeks to punish acts of omission such as failure to report corrupt approaches.

 
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