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Nepal T20 League spot-fixing: CIB says team owners are involved, will probe CAN officials too

CIB Nepal T20 League
The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police is currently looking into spot-fixing in Nepal T20 League, 2022-23

Kathmandu, January 24

The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police says franchise team owners of four Nepal T20 League teams have been found to have been involved in spot-fixing during the first official T20 tournament organised by the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN).

It adds the police will not investigate the role of CAN officials also.

A total of 10 people have been found to have been involved in fixing so far, the investigators said organised a press conference in Kathmandu today.

Meanwhile, a CIB source says team owners from Kathmandu Knights, Biratnagar Super Kings, Janakpur Royals and Farwest United were involved in spot-fixing.

CIB investigation also states one Nepali player and one foreign player were involved in spot-fixing.

Police have arrested two former and current cricketers–Mehboob Alam and Adil Ansari–in connection with the spot-fixing charges in the controversial Nepal T20 League.

A high-level source in the national police organisation says a team deployed from the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police arrested them recently. The CIB has been looking into irregularities in the cricket tournament, and it has recently confirmed spot-fixing and also suspected chances of match-fixing.

According to the CIB, Alam approached two Nepali players for spot-fixing. He first approached Ansari to bowl one no-ball and one wide during a match. Ansari did that in at least two matches, says the CIB source.

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