KSCA suspends Belagavi Panthers over KPL match-fixing scandal Bengaluru, Nov 7 (PTI) As match-fixi

KSCA suspends Belagavi Panthers over KPL match-fixing scandal Bengaluru, Nov 7 (PTI) As match-fixing rocked KarnatakaPremier League, the state cricket association on Thursdayannounced the suspension of Belagavi Panthers franchise, whoseowner Ali Ashfaq Thara is among the six people arrested so farin connection with the scandal.

The announcement came on a day when C M Gautam, a first-class player who turned up for three IPL teams, and his formerKarnataka teammate Abrar Qazi of Bellary Tuskers were arrestedfor allegedly accepting money to spot-fix matches in the KPL.

So far six people have been arrested over the scandalthat came to light with the arrest of Thara recently.

'Based on the initial investigation report, the KSCAhas suspended the owners of franchise - Belagavi Panthers,oneof the franchise of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL).

Incase they are found guilty, their franchise will beterminated,' the Karnataka Cricket Association said in astatement here.

The KSCA said that any other franchise, players, matchofficials and support staff who are arrested with aprimafacie evidence of their involvement in any illegal activitywill be suspended immediately and if found guilty, appropriateand stringent action will be takenforthwith.

The state cricket body said it has been extending allpossible cooperations to the investigating police inunearthing any such incidents andfor taking appropriateaction against those who have committed illegal acts.

Asserting that it was committed to organisingcrickettournaments which are fair and transparent that would enhancethe credibility of the sport, the brand and theorganisation,the KSCA said it cannot condone any illegal activities suchas betting and match-fixing. PTI GMS RSVS VS