Ever since the state T20 league started to gain momentum, BCCI has been extra cautious in trying to ensure corruption free games. However, with high level corruption charges in some games of Tamil Nadu Premiere League, BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit has called for strict actions to curb illegal betting in India.
In a report published by The Indian Express, it was revealed that the TNPL game between Tuti Patriots and Madurai Panthers saw betting worth £24 million (₹225 Crores) on Betfair. Seeing this unusually high amount of betting in a domestic T20 game, Betfair management got cautious and decided to stop betting on all games featuring Tuti Patriots.
Games in Tamil Nadu Premiere League have been under the scanner for a while. There were recent reports that at least 3 players, including an IPL star, an Indian international player and a ranji player were under the BCCI radar for allegedly being involved in betting and spot fixing in TNPL.
We tried reaching out to Ajit Singh Shekhawat, the chief of BCCI’s anti corruption unit, however, he was unavailable to comment.
In a media interaction recently, BCCI chief Saurav Ganguly mentioned that at least two teams were suspended from Tamil Nadu Premiere League. However, an official from Tamil Nadu Cricket Association clarified that no team was suspended from TNPL and only the owners of Tuti Patriots were expelled on the recommendation of an internal committee.
According to the information accessed by various media sources, bookies were able to pull off a deal with the team owners in TNPL and controlled the proceedings to make gains in betting. Ganguly also revealed that a player was approached by bookies while he was playing in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, India’s biggest T20 domestic tournament.
Along with TNPL, Karnataka Premiere League has also been under the BCCI radar. Bengaluru Crime Branch has arrested some high profile individuals including former Karnataka captain CM Gautham. Another high profile arrest included the owner of Belagavi Panthers, Asfaq Ali Thara along with other players, support staff members and bookies.