CM Gautam's Goa contract terminated after arrest on spot-fixing charges

The Goa Cricket Association has terminated CM Gautam's contract and has named Darshan Mishal as the new captain for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.

CM Gautam, captain of Bellary Tuskers, and his team-mate Kazi allegedly accepted Rs 20 lakh for "slow batting" in the KPL final against Hubli Tigers, which the Tuskers lost by eight runs.   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

The Goa Cricket Association has terminated CM Gautam's contract and has named Darshan Mishal as the new captain for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, which begins from Friday.

The development comes after Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested by the Central Crime Branch Bangalore for their alleged involvement in Karnataka Premier League spot-fixing scandal.

"As soon as we came to know about the incident, we have terminated his contract. We have also informed the BCCI about the decision," Goa Cricket Association secretary Vipul Phadke told Sportstar.

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It has been learned that Gautam travelled with the Goa team to Visakhapatnam for the Mushtaq Ali fixtures. While it was initially believed that he was arrested from the team hotel, Joint Commissioner of Police (CCB), Sandeep Patil, said that Gautam was arrested in Bengaluru on Wednesday night."We called him here and after interrogation, he was arrested in Bengaluru," Patil said.

"It's a shocking development for us. We had brought him on board as a professional cricketer this time. And he was also named the captain. But we have already written to the BCCI informing them about our stand," Phadke said.

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The association has also terminated the contract of video analyst Hari Shankar. "There was some suspicion about him as well. We didn't know earlier but now that we have been told about it, we have decided to end our association with him as well," the secretary said.

"Now, we may have to look for a replacement for the season. There is still some time left for Ranji Trophy," Phadke said, adding that a decision will be taken once the GCA president, Suraj Lotlikar -- who is out of town -- is back in Goa.

In its first match of Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Goa plays Baroda.