The match-fixing saga doesn’t seem to end. On Monday, the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) approached the Bengaluru City Police in response to allegations that two men approached a player of the senior women’s cricket team with handsome offers involving a huge sum of money regarding match-fixing.
This is the first instance where a female cricketer has been approached by bookies and that too disguised as sports managers to fix matches. The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has taken over the case and initiated an inquiry into the same.
According to the police, two individuals identifying themselves as Rakesh Bafna and Jithendra Kothari approached a bowler in February earlier this year, ahead of the series against England. It is believed that the cricketer was training at the National Cricket Academy at the time.
The sources mentioned that Kothari first got in touch with the cricketer on Instagram last year offering managerial services. He is even said to have couriered her a copy of the contract but the player did not sign it and turned him down.
Kothari then contacted the player again in February of this year and put her across to Bafna suggesting that they had a business offer for her. Bafna sought this particular cricketer and wanted to get other Indian players involved as well. However, the player immediately brought the matter to the notice of the highest governing body for cricket in India, the BCCI.
The chief of the Anti-Corruption Unit, Ajit Singh told the Times of India that awaiting a report from the International Cricket Council which revealed that there was a contact made. Singh also revealed that Kothari used to guise himself as a manager for various women cricketers but it was first reported only after he approached the player to fix matches.
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