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Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) management committee member Sudhindra Shinde was on Wednesday arrested in connection with the alleged match-fixing in Karnataka Premier League. Sudhindra Shinde, former Karnataka cricketer, coach of Belagavi Panthers and currently a member of KSCA's managing committee from Raichur Zone, has taken into police custody for seven days for interrogation. "The arrests so far are backed by a lot of evidence,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told reporters. Joint commissioner of police (crime) Sandeep Patil said, "We issued notices to 30 persons and asked them to appear before the probe team. It doesn't mean all are accused; some may have been witnesses or knew what was going on. We'll provide all assistance to approvers." A right-hand batsman, Shinde, 39, represented Karnataka in Ranji Trophy matches and was chief coach of the state Under-19 team a couple of years ago. Police suspect that the 2017 and 2018 editions of KPL were marred by the scandal.
Bengaluru city police commissioner Bhaskar Rao said, "Shinde was running the Social Cricket Club and in 2017, owner of Belagavi Panthers Ashfaq Ali Thara, sponsored his club and since then, the network started to spread." Police sources said, "Players of the Social Cricket Club were part of many teams in KPL and performed according to directions from Ali and Shinde. They also influenced team-mates to either fix matches or even do spot-fixing." A day before Shinde's arrest, a team of 10 Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials raided his residence in Indiranagar. In September, police arrested Thara for his alleged role in match-fixing and he's currently in judicial custody. Nine people, including former Karnataka captain CM Goutam, have so far been arrested in this case. Police said cricket academies and clubs were targets for bookies. Patil said, "Another club is under the scanner and we're proving it."
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