Shreevats Goswami alleges spot fixing in Kolkata Premier League

Shreevats Goswami

Former U19 World Cup winner Shreevats Goswami, on Thursday, alleged that a match in the Cricket Association of Bengal’s (CAB) first-division league seemed fixed from how some dismissals took place during the game. Goswami shared videos of a game between Mohammedan Sporting and Town Club on his Facebook page.

Shreevats Goswami class out Spot Fixing in Bengal Cricket

Goswami alleged that Mohammedan Sporting batters seemed to be intentionally getting out to concede seven points to Town Club which is associated with former Team India manager Debabrata Das, who is the current CAB secretary. Das was the Indian team’s administrative manager during the tour of England in 2022.

Goswami posted a couple of videos on his Facebook that implicate possible match-fixing scenarios.

Goswami captioned the post saying, “This is a super division match in Kolkata club cricket, 2 big teams doing this, any idea what’s going on here ?? I am ashamed to see this having played the game which is so close to my heart. I love cricket and I love playing in Bengal but looking at this breaks my heart. Club cricket is the heart & soul of Bengal cricket please don’t ruin it. I think this is called “got up cricket”. Where is the media now ?”

In the first video, a right-handed batter is seen leaving the ball coming straight to his stumps as he walks off the field. In the second video, a left-hander came out of the crease to a wide delivery to be stumped.

While Debabrata Das was not available for a reaction, CAB president Snehasish Ganguly said they have sought the umpires’ and observers’ reports.

“We have called a tournament committee meeting on March 2 to take up the matter,” Snehasish Ganguly said.

The three-day match got over at the 22 Yards Academy in Salt Lake with Town Club securing seven points on Wednesday. Shakib Habib Gandhi’s 223 steered Town Club to 446. In reply, Mohammaden Sporting made 281/9 with Joyjit Basu top-scoring with a 100.

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