'A lot of money was offered to the cricket players to fix the ties'
BENGALURU: The Anti-Corruption Unit of Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) approached the city of Bengaluru police on Monday following revelations that two men had approached a member of the women's team in India with offers of huge amounts of money to arrange matches.
This is the first time that a cricket woman has had bets that approach her under the guise of sports managers to arrange matches. The Central Crime Branch (CCB) took over the case and initiated the investigation.
According to police sources, two people who identified themselves as Rakesh Bafna and Jithendra Kothari approached a bowler in February this year at a city hotel, before a limited series of India-England. The cricket player was training in the National Cricket Academy here at the moment
The sources said that Kothari, who claimed to be sports manager of Delhi, first contacted the cricketer on Instagram last year, offering him administrative services that he declined. Kothari even sent a copy of a contract to the player, who did not sign it.
In February of this year, Kothari contacted the player again and took her to Bafna claiming she had a commercial offer. Bafna allegedly also tried to use the cricket player to tie himself to other Indian players. The player immediately brought the matter to the BCCI notice.
Ajit Singh, head of ACU, told TOI that they were waiting for a report from the International Cricket Council He said there was indeed such an attempt. Singh said Kothari used to portray himself as manager of several female cricketers, but this was only reported after he approached the player to fix the games.