BENGALURU, Nov 7: CM Gautam, a first-class player who turned up for three IPL teams, and his former Karnataka team-mate Abrar Qazi were on Thursday arrested for allegedly accepting money to spot-fix in the scandal-ridden Karnataka Premier League.
Bellary Tuskers captain Gautam, a former wicketkeeper-batsman, and his team-mate Qazi were arrested by the city�s Central Crime Branch, which is investigating charges of spot-fixing in the last two seasons of KPL.
�We have arrested two players with regards to KPL fixing,� Additional Commissioner of Police Sandeep Patil told PTI, adding that some more arrests may be made as the investigation progresses.
Both Gautam, who plays for Goa now, and Kazi, who represents Mizoram, had been named in their respective state squads for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy tournament, scheduled to begin on Friday. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is the national T20 tournament.
Police said the two were involved in fixing in the KPL 2019 finals between Bellary Tuskers and Hubli Tigers after accepting Rs 20 lakh each for slow batting. Hubli Tigers won that match by eight runs.
�They were paid Rs 20 lakh for slow batting, and for other things. Also, they fixed another match against Bengaluru team,� an investigation officer said. � PTI