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.
In a major breakthrough in the Karnataka Premier League match-fixing case, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) has arrested international bookie Sayyam. The international bookie was arrested in the case of match-fixing by celebrity drummer Bhavesh Bafna. Bafna is currently in judicial custody. Sanyam was booked under Section 420 of the India Penal Code which pertains to cheating. According to Sandeep Patil, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (CCB), Sanyam is originally from Haryana. Patil said Sanyam had approached one of the players from Bellary Tuskers, Bhavesh Gulecha, in this season's KPL. Patil pointed out that Sanyam had been approaching players along with another bookie Bhavesh Bafana, a Bengaluru-based man who plays the drums during KPL games. Bafna's name was revealed by Asfak Ali Thara, the Belagavi Panthers owner whom the police arrested last month on charges of alleged betting in the KPL. As soon as Sayyam arrived in India on Saturday the Central Crime Branch sleuths nabbed him. It is alleged that he had approached celebrity drummer Bhavesh Bafna to fix the match.
At the behest of Sayyam, Bafna had allegedly tried to bribe bowler Bhavesh Gulecha of Bellary Tuskers asking him to give 10 runs during his over of bowling, which the latter declined. Later, Gulecha lodged a complaint with the police, based on which Bafna was arrested and a lookout circular was issued to nab Sayyam. Sanyam becomes the eighth person the CCB has arrested in the KPL scandal, including four players. The two are accused of spot-fixing in the KPL finals which were played between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers on August 31 this year, according to CCB. They were allegedly paid Rs 20 lakhs 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 CCB arrested CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi, Gulecha's team-mates at the Tuskers for alleged spot-fixing. Further investigation is underway.
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