Another scam in the world of cricket, this time in the domestic circuit has recently surfaced and the Delhi Police is investigating the case after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has registered a formal complaint.
According to reports, three aspiring cricketers from Delhi, Kanishk Gaur and Kishan Attri of Rohini and Shivam Sharma from Gurgaon, had allegedly bribed an ‘agent’ Rs 80 lakh with promises to be selected in the Ranji Trophy teams of three states of Nagaland, Manipur and Jharkhand.
However, the impostor reportedly gave them fake selection letters instead of what was promised. On being duped, the cricketers approached the BCCI.
The regional integrity manager of BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit, Anshuman Upadhyay had reportedly affirmed that they have received three complaints from the players who were tricked.
Later, the BCCI lodged a formal complaint with the Delhi Police and investigations are on at present.
According to reports, one of the three victims, Kanishk Gaur told Delhi Police that he was approached by a cricket coach in 2018 who offered him to play in the Ranji Trophy team of Nagaland as a guest player. The coach later called Gaur to meet the official coach of the Nagaland cricket team and some other board members. He was asked to pay Rs 15 lakh for five matches in return.
But after playing two matches for the under-19 team of Nagaland, he was dropped from the team.
On being asked, he was told that his selection letter was forged.
Meanwhile, around eleven people, including coaches as well as Nagaland state cricket board members, are being questioned in connection with the case.