Karnataka Premier League (KPL): The drama surrounding the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) match fixing case is getting more and more interesting day by day.
While quite a few players have already been taken into custody, a big name which joined the list yesterday was CM Gautam.
CM Gautam’s name has raised eyebrows because he has played in the IPL as well, not just for one team, but many of them and the reputed ones at that.
Gautam started his IPL career at Royal Challengers Bangalore and played for them for 3 years before moving to Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2013.
Gautam featured for Delhi for just one season and then he was signed by the Mumbai Indians.
While Gautam batted lower down the order for RCB and Delhi, he got the opportunity to open the innings at Mumbai and he played some impactful innings for them.
Gautam has played 41 first class matches in which he has scored 2566 runs at an average of more than 50. The 33-year old has played 34 List A matches as well.
Gautam, who is a wicketkeeper batsman, has also captained Karnataka in the past.
Gautam’s involvement in match fixing despite having such an accomplished career shows that fixing might be an extremely deep-rooted issue in KPL.
Apart from Gautam, Abrar Kazi has also been arrested by the police. While Kazi isn’t as big a name as Gautam, he has been an active cricketer at the first class level.
Kazi had represented Nagaland in the last home season and this season, he was all set to represent Mizoram.
However, after the recent developments, it doesn’t seem if he would be able to take part in domestic cricket anytime soon.
The Mizoram team is yet to get any official information regarding Kazi’s arrest.
“We have no clue about the arrest. We are waiting to hear from the police or the association.” A source close to the team was quoted saying by SportStar.