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Fake SL cricket tournament busted

  • Published at 09:36 pm July 7th, 2020
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Police said they raided the venue in northern India's Sawara village - thousands of kilometers (miles) from Sri Lanka - after receiving a tip-off that the matches were being used for betting

Leading Indian sports websites had announced that the "Uva T20 league" was organized by the Uva cricket association at a stadium in Sri Lanka’s southern Badulla city

Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. 

Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches Monday that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports websites.

The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway.

Police said they raided the venue in northern India's Sawara village - thousands of kilometers (miles) from Sri Lanka - after receiving a tip-off that the matches were being used for betting.

They added that two people were arrested on charges of fraud and gambling - which is mostly illegal in India. 

The organizers and players are being sought.

Leading Indian sports websites had announced that the "Uva T20 league" was organized by the Uva cricket association at a stadium in Sri Lanka’s southern Badulla city.

They said former Sri Lankan internationals would take part and that it would include four teams and 14 games between July 29 and July 5.

But the Uva T20 league does not exist and Sri Lanka Cricket denied hosting it, adding no tournament of that name was organized in the island nation.

One of the players advertised as playing in the event, former Sri Lanka international Farveez Maharoof, tweeted that the tournament was "fake".

The owners of the village venue in India, Strokers Cricket Association, said the organizers told them they were playing a domestic tournament over nearly about days, but without spectators because of the coronavirus.

It was unclear how many people watched the event online or how much money was put on the matches.

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