Former India women’s cricket coach arrested in IPL betting case

The former coach of India’s women’s cricket team Tushar Arothe has been arrested for allegedly betting on a match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), local police said on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Jaydeepsinh Jadeja of Vadodara Crime Branch said Arothe and 18 others were arrested from a café where they were placing bets on the match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals. Arothe is one of the owners of the café and his direct involvement in the betting is being investigated. Arothe who took over as the coach for the women’s team in 2017 had resigned under controversial circumstances. The former women's team coach has denied allegations of betting, saying he did not know why he was arrested and would not know if customers were placing bets at the café. On Monday, former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi alleged that match-fixing took place during a match between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders. In 2013, the IPL was rocked by a spot-fixing scandal when three players from the Rajasthan Royals - S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - were arrested by Delhi police on spot-fixing charges. Later, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) banned them for life. The same year, a top official from the Chennai Super Kings and son-in-law of BCCI president N. Srinivasan was arrested by the police in Mumbai for illegal betting. A year later, Srinivasan stepped down as BCCI president due to a Supreme Court order. Both Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were banned for two years. Modi has also been at the centre of an IPL controversy and was ousted from the league over shady initial bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, a suspect broadcast deal and bid rigging of two new franchises.

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