Police detain two betting suspects ahead of Afghanistan-Bangladesh T20 match
Dehradun is one of the designated ‘home grounds’ of the Afghan cricket teamUpdated: Jun 03, 2018 23:06 IST
In a suspected case of betting in the three-match T20 series between Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Dehradun, police detained two men who on Saturday evening asked an official of Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) details about Sunday’s match at the Rajiv Gandhi international cricket stadium here.
Dehradun is one of the designated ‘home grounds’ of the Afghan cricket team.
The two men were detained for questioning after the ACB official grew suspicious of them and informed the police at the stadium. Police claimed the two men were about 30 years old but did not reveal their identity.
The police after questioning the two youths claimed that they were not bookies and had no connection with any sort of cricket betting. However, a person privy to the arrangements for the match said the two are suspected of having links with bookies trying to fix the match.
“They approached an ACB official present at the stadium and started inquiring about the Sunday’s match,” the person told HT.
He added that initially the official answered their queries but later grew suspicious when they started inquiring about the probable Afghan team for Sunday’s match.
“He grew suspicious when the two asked him about the players to picked for the first T20 on Sunday. It was then, he called the police and informed them about the two,” he said.
But the police insisted that there were no betting links.
Senior superintendent of police, Dehradun, Nivedita Kukreti confirmed to HT that two suspects were questioned by police on Saturday but denied that they were bookies. The two were released after questioning.
“Yes two youths were detained for questioning after they approached the ACB official identified as Basheer.
No players were present in the stadium during that time. One of the youths work in an NGO while the other hails from Delhi. Police also verified their details and found no bookie connection with them. Further investigations are on,” said Kukreti.
“The police are vigilant and hopeful that no untoward incident will happen during the series,” she added.