KPL match-fixing probe: KSCA management committee member arrested

Sudhendra Shinde, the coach of Karnataka Premier League (KPL) team Belagavi Panthers, has been arrested in connection with the alleged match-fixing scandal.

Sudhendra Shinde along with Ali Ashfaq Tara had allegedly fixed a few KPL matches. (Representative Image).   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) management committee member Sudhindra Shinde was arrested in connection with the alleged match fixing in Karnataka Premier League (KPL) on Wednesday.

“The arrests so far are backed by a lot of evidences. Shinde has been arrested on the basis of evidences,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told reporters.

The Central Crime Branch, which is probing the matter, had grilled Shinde, former coach of Belagavi Panthers, for two days before arresting him.

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

The officer said Shinde would be taken into custody on Wednesday to further interrogate the involvement of others.

So far, nine people including Shinde have been arrested, Tara being the first.

The KPL spot-fixing scandal came to light when Ballari Tuskers bowler Bhavesh Gulecha lodged a complaint with the police against an international bookie Sayyam and drummer Bhavesh Bafna.

Rao asked the players and others involved in the scam to turn approvers.

“Since lots of people are involved in this scandal, I have made it very clear that there is a provision of an approver in the CRPC,” Rao said.

“If they come and admit that they have committed a mistake, we will give them a status of approver and carry on our investigation.

This is the offer we are giving them,” he explained.

Once turned approver, the people involved in the scandal not only confess to their crime but also provide details of it. They can also bargain for their immunity.

Rao said cricket is a game loved by all and the CCB doesn’t want to insult it.

“We are taking into custody only the players, who have insulted the game. More than a sport, it has been reduced to a betting game used like gambling.

So, we have initiated all measures to take action against such people,” he said.