Bengaluru Blasters batsman Nishant Singh Shekawat has been arrested by Karnataka Police’s Central Crime Branch for his alleged involvement in a match-fixing and betting case during Karnataka Premier League 2018. Shekawat becomes the second player after M Viswanathan to be arrested for fixing matches in KPL.
Shekhawat reportedly was the one who introduced bookie Manoj Kumar to Bengaluru Blasters bowling coach Vinu Prasad, who also was arrested along side Viswanathan last month.
Shekhawat is believed to have tempted Viswanathan into fixing matches with help from Prasad during KPL 2018. Viswanathan was asked to score less than 10 runs off 20 balls against Hubli Tigers and staying true to the fix, he ended his innings with 9 runs off 17 balls. Viswanathan was paid Rs 5 lakh to do so, reported The IndianExpress.
Other than Shekhawat and Viswanathan, few others have also been arrested in the ongoing investigation for alleged corruption. Meanwhile, a couple of bookies involved in fixing are on the run. Ali Asfak Thara – the owner of Belgavi Panthers – was arrested last month and the team was handed a suspension thereafter. Bhavesh Bafna (drummer) was also taken into custody for his involvement in match fixing and BCCI’s anti-corruption unit is monitoring Bafna as he has played drums at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL fixtures.