Match-fixing: Drummer held after plaint by Ballari Tuskers cricketer

Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths, on Wednesday, arrested a bookie for allegedly attempting to fix a match in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) organised by the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

The accused, Bhavesh Bafna, a professional drummer, was arrested after cricketer and Ballari Tuskers team member Bhavesh Gulecha filed a complaint with the J.P. Nagar police accusing Bafna and another person of offering him money to fix the match.

Gulecha told the police that Bafna was his childhood friend from Rajasthan whom he met at a cafe in J.P. Nagar in July. During their interaction, Bafna allegedly asked Gulecha, a fast bowler, to give ten or more runs in an over.

Gulecha claims that he refused do throw the game. He said that Bafna contacted him again after he returned from the K. Thimmappiah Memorial Tournament in Mysuru, according to the police.

He then insisted on another meeting in which he introduced his associate, Sanyam, under the pretext that he would help the cricketer in the Indian Premier League. Sanyam too allegedly offered Gulecha ₹2 lakh and tried to persuade him to give ten or more runs in a single over.

“I refused the offer. We played well in KPL matches. I was confused about informing the KSCA about the development. Bhavesh Bafna and Sayyam conspired against me,” Gulecha said in his complaint to the police.

“We have arrested Bafna, and the search is on for the other accused, Sanyam,” said Sandeep Patil Joint Commissioner (Crime).

Last month, the CCB had arrested Ali Asfak Thara, the owner of Belagavi Panthers, in connection with an international betting racket. They were probing allegations of match-fixing.


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