PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
The 2020 edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL), including its player auctions, will not be held until the police completes its investigation of alleged match and spot-fixing. The Karnataka Premier League (KPL) has been put on hold by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) owing to the ongoing police investigation for the alleged match-fixing and spot-fixing scenario. The tournament has been under the scanner of late after players and team owners were allegedly involved with bookies during the tournament. "We will definitely not conduct the KPL tournament matches till the investigation is completed and the final report from the police comes out," Vinay Mruthyunjaya, the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) treasurer, told IANS. Karnataka Police's Central Crime Branch has set up a Special Investigation Team to investigate the case. Further, according to an IANS report, the police has also served a notice to the KSCA, and asked for extensive information on the day-to-day running of the league and the background of the players.
Meanwhile, Bengaluru Police commissioner, Bhaskar Rao, believes that many non-playing cricketers are involved nowadays, as they travel to foreign countries and stay in five-star hotels, where they come across bookies. "They have also indulged in blackmailing of players through honey-traps. The game has become insignificant and the activities of these betters have only increased," he said. Earlier this month, Karnataka cricketers CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested by the Central Crime Branch Bengaluru for their alleged role in the Karnataka Premier League fixing scandal. According to a report in ANI, the duo was allegedly paid a sum of Rs. 20 lakh to bat slowly in the final against Hubli. They also fixed another match in the league. the owner of Belagavi Panthers, Ali Asfak Thara, was arrested in September end following his alleged involvement. "The number of arrests, which includes players, will go up. We are gathering clinching evidence before making more arrests," the official had said.
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