The State Cricket Board decided to suspend the franchise of the Belagavi Panthers, which was besieged by spot-fixing allegations in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL). Ali Ashfaq Thara, the owner of Belagavi, was among the 6 people arrested on charges of fixing and corruption after investigation so far. As per preliminary investigation report, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has suspended the membership of the owners of Belagavi.
The KSCA said in a statement that if the alleged allegations against the owners of the franchise are proved, the recognition of the franchise from the Karnataka Premier League will be canceled. The KSCA statement came a day after the arrests of Bellary Tuskers and Ranji cricketers CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi. Both the cricketers of the Karnataka Ranji team were arrested in the KPL final on spot-fixing charges.
So far, six people have been arrested by the Central Crime Branch of the Karnataka Police investigating the case. The KSCA said that all the franchises, sportspersons, support staff and match officials who have been found involved in corruption after initial investigation are being suspended with immediate effect and strict action will be taken against them after they are found guilty. .
The State Cricket Association also said that it would provide all possible help to the investigating agency CCB and also assured of legal action against the culprits. He also said that the state cricket is committed to conduct the tournament with transparency and will not forgive the corrupt.