The police have accused Gautam, Kazi and other players who are yet to be identified – of “conspiring with team owners and bookies” to fix at least four games, including this year’s KPL final, over the last two seasons. In most cases, they have been alleged to have intentionally batted slowly. “They spot-fixed the KPL 2019 final between Hubli Tigers and Ballari Tuskers. They were paid 20 lakh for slow batting,” police said regarding the arrests of Gautam and Kazi. The Ballari Tuskers team was bought in 2017 by real estate businessman Arvind Venkatesh Reddy. He roped in Kannada film actress Ragini Dwivedi as co-owner. The police have questioned him over multiple sessions regarding involvement in spot-fixing.
Earlier, a member of the Tuskers team for the 2019 season, Bhavesh Gulecha, told police that he was approached on behalf of bookies by Bhavesh Bafna, 26, a celebrity drummer, to underperform during a KPL match. Gulecha has given a statement to the police saying he was asked by Bafna to concede more than 10 runs an over in a match in the 2019 edition.
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