"CCB made two important arrests in the KPL spot-fixing scandal".
Both Kazi (played for Nagaland last season) and Gautam were picked for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy by Mizoram and Goa respectively. In the latest development, match-fixing shocked Karnataka Premier League (KPL) and the state cricket association had suspended Belagavi Panthers franchise, whose owner identified as Ali Ashfaq Thara is among the six people arrested by the police so far in association with the infamous scandal. Vipul Phadke, GCA secretary, told ESPNcricinfo that Gautam left the Goa squad abruptly on Tuesday.
Gautam who has represented India A previously has played 94 first class matches scoring 4716 runs at an average of 41.4 scoring 10 hundreds and 24 fifties in the process. They were paid two million rupees ($28,000) for slow batting. "Also, they fixed another match against Bangalore team".
Gautam, who captains Karnataka Premier League side Bellary Tuskers along with Abrar Kazi of the Hubli Tigers have been accused of accepting money to spot-fix a KPL game. "Further investigations are on and more arrests will be made". As of Thursday, seven people - including four players - have been arrested in relation to fixing in the KPL. "There will be more arrests soon", he said. They are former Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi. Also, Kazi moved across to Nagaland previous year and was a success as he scored three scores of more than150 scores as a middle-order batsman.
He was a regular in the Karnataka team and was deputy to Vinay Kumar, having also led the team in the latter's absence. He was an integral part of the Karnataka Ranji Team that won the domestic treble two years back to back in 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. This means they can not play any cricket organised by the KSCA while their suspension stands. Severe actions would be taken against each individual if they are found guilty.