CCB issued look-out circular against bookies allegedly involved in KPL betting racket

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has issued look-out circulars against two bookies who were allegedly involved in betting and fixing Karnataka Premier League (KPL) cricket matches and are currently on the run.

The accused bookies are Sayyam and Jattin. The duo are suspected to have fled the country, soon after the CCB arrested Ali Asfak Thara, the owner of KPL team Belagavi Panthers in September.

Ali was arrested during the CCB’s crackdown on the illegal betting racket operating in KPL.

CCB officials said that they are trying to bring them back to the country and arrest them since they believe the duo are involved in match-fixing and have contacts with international players.

Police believe that the arrest of the duo could lead them to the international links to the betting racket and also reveal the scope of the racket.

The CCB has registered two cases in the racket which includes a bowling coach and a batsman playing in the KPL. The inquest into the racket saw the police question several players and staff members who were in touch with Ali. This included personnel from other teams playing in the league.

Since taking up the case, CCB officials have arrested four accused persons including Ali. The other three are Bhuvanesh, associated with Ballari Tuskers, Vinu Prasad, coach of Bengaluru Blasters, and a batsman Vishwanath.

The KPL was established by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) in 2009. It pits franchises based in the state in an IPL-style Twenty20 cricket tournament.

The crackdown on suspected betting and match-fixing in the KPL comes after the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) had come under the scanner of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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