The announcement came on a day when C M Gautam, a first-class player who turned up for three IPL teams, and his former Karnataka teammate Abrar Qazi of Bellary Tuskers were arrested for allegedly accepting money to spot-fix matches in the KPL.
Police sources, however, said that they are also looking into whether Ballari Tuskers deliberately lost the KPL final with Gautam's slow batting.
They were allegedly paid Rs 20 lakh for slow batting in the finals, and also fixed another match which they played against the Bengaluru team in the KPL. Earlier this week, the police had arrested Bengaluru Blasters player Nishant Singh Shekhawat. Chasing 153, Tuskers ended up with 144 - opener Gautam scored a 37-ball 29 while Kazi struck 13 off six deliveries.
Gautam also played for the India-A team and has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. 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. "We have arrested two players with regard to KPL fixing", Further Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil advised PTI, including some extra arrests could also be made because the investigation progressed. The match was won by Hubli by eight runs.
This season, he was roped in by Mizoram. Both the players are now facing legal action for their alleged involvement in the fixing scandal.
It is said that both Gautam and Kazi, who were named in their respective state squads for the coming national T20 tournament, Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy scheduled to begin from tomorrow, have been reportedly dropped following their detention. "Further investigation on and more arrests would be done", the release added. Kazi played one game for Bangalore in 2011.
The Central Crime Branch (CCB) till date has made a total of seven arrests in the alleged spot-fixing case including Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach Vinu Prasad, batsmen M. Vishwanathan and Nishanth Shekawat, Belagavi Panthers owner Ali Asfak Thara, celebrity drummer Bhavesh Bafna along with C.M. Gautam and Kazi.