CIB arrests one more accused of spot-fixing scam of Nepal T-20 League

Published On: February 7, 2023 09:07 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police has arrested an individual accused of spot-fixing during the Nepal T-20 League that was held at the Tribhuvan University Cricket Ground some weeks ago.

The CIB Chief Additional Inspector General of Police, Uttam Subedi said the police arrested Nitesh Gupta, a permanent resident of Birgunj, Parsa on the charge of spot-fixing. According to AIG Subedi, they have arrested three out of four Nepalis accused of their alleged involvement in the scam. Out of the 10 accused, six are Indian.

Based on evidence collected from Whatsapp messages and phone call details, the police have already arrested two Nepalis involved in fixing. Among those arrested are 41-year-old Mehboob Alam, a former cricketer of Nepal’s national cricket team, from Saptari and Mohammad Aadil Ansari, a 20-year-old cricketer from Bara.

The controversial Nepal T-20 League was held from December 24, 2022 to January 11, 2023. The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) had entrusted an Indian company named Seven Three Sports to organize the T-20 league, which courted controversy right from the beginning as it was organized at the expense of other domestic T-20 leagues of Nepal.

CAN had banned all other domestic T-20 leagues of Nepal arguing that the country can have only one official T-20 league that is recognized by the cricket governing body of Nepal.

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