This year IPL could be hit by a massive corruption scam as the police investigation links to Gujarat Lions players after three bookies were arrested from a Kanpur hotel, on Thursday. The police arrested three people from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh for illegal betting on IPL matches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had said on Thursday, a day after the city hosted its first IPL game of the season.
Gujarat Lions performance in this season of IPL has been extremely mediocre, and in spite of having an immensely talented team has been on the lower half of the points table. And if you believe on the resources than, this performance is because the Gujarat Lions matches in this season were fixed. One of the three bookies that were arrested by Kanpur police, confessed that accomplices to pour acid on the pitch of the Green Park stadium and move the boundaries, by making it sure that the team could not win the matches.
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India Today sources said that one of the three people arrested named Nayan Shah, was the kingpin and he allegedly tampered with the Kanpur pitch at Green Park which hosted the Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils match, on Wednesday and the same venue is scheduled on May 13 to host the final game between defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Gujarat Lions. In the hotel, Nayan Shah found on the same floor as the Gujarat Lions players. The police is now investigating the links to the Gujarat Lions players.
The accused group includes a former under 17 cricket player, Nayan Ramesh Shah and the other two that complices in the group was Vikas Chauhan and Ramesh Kumar and they were caught while betting in the Gujarat Lions vs Delhi Daredevils match. The police team revealed that an Ajmer based bookie Bunty is behind the poor performance of Gujarat Lions. The police team is searching for bunty who is responsible behind the match fixing.
In a statement BCCI said,” Anti Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has been tracking the activities of certain individuals and as a result of which, three suspects were arrested,” . By Following this operation, the Uttar Pradesh Police Crime Branch could successfully arrested the alleged betting accused.