Kathmandu, Nepal, February 20, 2023: A charge sheet has been filed at the Kathmandu District Court against five individuals involved in spot-fixing during the Nepal T20 League, the country’s first-ever official franchise league, on Monday.
The Kathmandu District Attorney’s Office filed the case on Monday demanding punishment of up to three years imprisonment, and Rs50,000 fine against cricketers Mehboob Alam, Mohammad Aadil Alam, who is also known as Aadil Ansari, Nitesh Gupta, Nabin Kadel and Ravi Mafi.
Police had already arrested them for investigation after the spot fixing incident came to light. Former national cricket captain Gyanendra Malla had revealed the secret deal of spot-fixing during a post-match interview stating that one of his teammates had been approached with a match-fixing plan.
Following the revelation, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of the Nepal Police had launched the investigation by arresting some crickets involved in the scam. After concluding the investigation, the CIB had submitted its report on the case to the Kathmandu District Attorney’s Office, making 12 suspects defendants, on February 15.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had also said that at least eight Nepal players had reported to them about match-fixing offers. However, other accused cricketers are yet to be arrested for further investigation.
According to the police investigation, the players were offered of Rs 600,000 to Rs1 million for spot-fixing per game by texting message through WhatsApp, phone and holding meetings. The rights of Nepal T20 were controversially sold to the Seven3Sports, a little-known Indian sports management company, for eight years.