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Karnataka Premier League under scanner after players report approach

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The ongoing Karnataka Premier League (KPL) has come under the scanner after reports surfaced of suspicious betting patterns during a match in the KPL. It has now been confirmed by the Karnataka State Cricket Association that some players were approached by outsiders and the matter has been reported to anti-corruption unit officials.

“Yes, there have been people from Rajasthan who have approached players in the league, but then the players have reported all such activities to the ACU officials,” Sudhakar Rao, secretary of Karnataka State Cricket Association told Hindustan Times.

“The Anti-Corruption Unit is now looking into the reports and we are awaiting their version before taking any action,” Rao further added.

One particular match between Bijapur Bulls and Hubli Tigers has evoked special interest as according to reports major betting companies including Betfair suspended any trade after unusual betting activities during this match. Hindustan Times has approached Betfair for the reason behind suspending trading, but has not received any official response from the company yet.

Officials from one of the teams involved in match, Bijapur Bulls, though claim that nothing untoward took place.

“We did not see anything untoward from a team’s standpoint and from a cricketing standpoint. Everything is under wraps as far as the franchise is concerned and we control everything which happens with the team and all the strategies which are in place,” Rahul Kargal, manager Bijapur Bulls, told Hindustan Times.

“Just so you know there is one anti-corruption unit representative who has been embedded with each franchise. Now, he monitors the movement in each team, players and managers included at all times. He stays in the hotel, travels with the team for any official or unofficial arrangement. He even comes to the practice session and all the respective franchise managers make him aware of all the movements and developments at all times,” Kargal added.

Supreme Court-appointed CoA member Diana Edulji has reiterated that the BCCI has a zero-tolerance policy towards fixing and corruption.

“We are very clear that there is a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption and we will look into the matter. Before the start of any league, the franchises and the players are clearly educated about anti-corruption protocols,” Edulji said about this issue.


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