Fake T20 cricket league busted with bets from Russian bookies; 4 arrested

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An official said that the Gujarat Police has very actively traced and busted a gang, which is organizing a fake T20 cricket tournament in Gujarat to place bets from Russian bookies by live-streaming the matches. and arrested four of its members. Main accused Shoaib Davda left an impression of the Indian Premier League (IPLPolice Inspector Bhavesh Rathod of Mehsana Special Operations Group (SOG) said that like a big tournament, work on a rented farm and around 20 farm laborers and unemployed local youths wearing T-shirts of non-existent teams worked to play the game. kept on

Along with Deora, the other three accused are Kolu Mohammad, Sadiq Dawda and Mohammad Saqib. Police said that except Saqib, all others are residents of Molipur village in Vadnagar taluka. The police further seized cricket kits, flood lights, power generators and video cameras used for live streaming of matches, LED TVs, a laptop and some radio walkie-talkie sets, collectively worth Rs 3.21 lakh.

While probing the matter, the police found out about a cricket betting racket linked to Russian punters, Mehsana SOG team raided the recently constructed cricket ground on the outskirts of Molipur village on 7 July. Preliminary investigation by the police revealed that it was Shoaib Davda who came up with the idea of ​​organizing tournaments like IPL here and live telecast of matches on his YouTube channel from Russian bookies, the officer said.

Fake teams in the tournament were given names like Chennai Fighters, Gandhinagar Challengers and Palanpur Sports Kings. He said that Shoaib had hired around 20 agricultural laborers and local youth to play T20 cricket matches, who would get Rs 400 per match.

(Inputs from PTI)