Fake IPL was being played in Gujarat, betting money from Russian bookies was collecting money


Gujarat Fake IPL Set Up: Police have busted a gang organizing fake T20 cricket tournament in Gujarat. It was getting Russian bookies to bet by broadcasting the matches live. Police officials said on Monday that four members of the gang have been arrested.

Inspector Bhavesh Rathod of Mehsana’s Special Operations Group (SOG) told that to project the image of a big tournament like the Indian Premier League (IPL), the main accused Shoaib Davda prepared a cricket field in a rented field and around 20 laborers and local Took the services of unemployed youth. Shoaib fed these people in the match by wearing fake team jerseys.

Three other accused have been identified as Kolu Mohd, Sadiq Dawda and Mohd Saqib. Police said that apart from Saqib, all others are residents of Molipur village in Vadnagar. On 7 July, Mehsana SOG team raided the newly constructed cricket ground on the outskirts of Molipur village after receiving information about a cricket betting racket belonging to Russian bookies.

Police confiscated cricket kit, flood light, generator, video camera used for live telecast of the match, LED TV, a laptop and radio walkie-talkie whose total value is being said to be Rs 3 lakh 21 thousand. Preliminary investigation revealed that Shoaib planned to organize tournaments like IPL here and get bets from Russian bookies by live telecast of matches on YouTube channel, the official said.

Shoaib has worked in Russia and had recently returned to his village Molipur. “During his stay in Russia, he (Shoaib) learned about cricket betting from Asif Mohammad who advised him to organize such fake tournaments,” the official said.

To make it authentic, the gang installed floodlights and video cameras for better live telecast and registered the tournament as ‘Century Hitters 20-20’ on the ‘CricHeroes’ mobile app and it was live telecast two weeks ago, the official said. began. In the tournament, fake teams were given names like Chennai Fighters, Gandhinagar Challengers and Palanpur Sports Kings. Police said that Shoaib had hired around 20 laborers and local youth to play T20 cricket matches, whom he used to pay Rs 400 per match. Rathod said, “During the live telecast of matches on YouTube channel, Asif sitting in Russia got the bookies to bet. He is still in Russia and wanted in this case.

During the match, Saqib, originally from Uttar Pradesh, kept in touch with Asif through the Telegram app and used to give walkie-talkie instructions to Kolu and Sadiq, who acted as umpires on the field. Police said the umpires would then give instructions to players who deliberately bowled a slow ball or the batsman was deliberately dismissed, which would have earned the gang more money from betting.

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