KPL: Belagavi Panthers owner under the scanner

Following allegations of impropriety in the TNPL, the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) too has come under the scanner after a team owner was questioned by the city police here on Friday. Ali Asfak Thara, owner of Belagavi Panthers, was quizzed in connection with an investigation into suspected betting and match-fixing in the KPL.

The police claim he was in touch with a few bookies and was involved in betting on KPL matches. “We have evidence to show that Thara, the owner of a KPL team, was in constant touch with the players from other teams even during matches his team was playing, which is a clear breach of guidelines,” sources said, adding that it had raised suspicion of match-fixing too.

“The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) will assist the police and co-operate with them fully in the matter,” said a KSCA official.


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