On what appears to be a desolate piece of land, there is a tepid IPL Tepid cricket match being played: The video has no sound, and the two hitters’ scores, the projected score, and the bowling records are all displayed on a blue strap at the bottom of the screen.
The Gandhinagar Challengers reportedly set a score of 151, which the Chennai Fighters are attempting to surpass.
The cricket field is a white carpet that is stapled to the ground, while the outfield is brown and dusty.
The Chennai team is consistently scoring at a rate of around seven runs per over. Sometimes, strokes are played, yet we never witness a ball cross the boundary. Most of the time, batters run awkward ones or twos.
The umpire, who is signalling wides and no balls with a fervent hand motion, seems more animated than the players.
A bowler doesn’t appear to be interested in running out a batsman who is stranded yards from the crease, which fits with the generally friendly atmosphere of the game.
Players are taking a drink break when a young man with what appears to be an ice box runs onto the field. No views of the audience or close-up images of the players or the majority of the fielders are present.
All of this appears to be a locally broadcast, Twenty20 cricket match taking place in India.
However, this was a part of what the authorities refer to as a “fake” cricket tournament that involved some oddly based Russian bettors and a group of unemployed Gujarati guys.
Following a tip, police in Gujarat’s Mehsana district last week detained four men for organising the competition and taking bets from players in three Russian cities via the social media app Telegram.
One of the four men had worked in a pub in Russia, according to Bhavesh Rathod, the officer looking into the matter, and “had some contacts there, and had got them interested in betting on cricket.”
The Richest Cricket Leagues in the world, The Indian Premier League (IPL), is held in India
Some states, including Tamil Nadu, have also started their own local leagues with franchise structures that are modelled after the IPL.
Indian law forbids sports betting (apart from horse racing), but according to the police, there is frequently a lot of unlawful gambling in cricket.
Fake leagues like the one in Mehsana, according to sports producer and former IPL team director Joy Bhattacharjya, are solely operated for illegal gambling.
“These rigged matches, in which the umpires openly direct the players, are live-streamed by the organisers. They have all been staged “said he.
More than nine games were played in a secluded area of Molipur village during the Mehsana “tournament,” according to the police.
In order to “essentially build the ambiance,” they confiscated cricket equipment, cameras, and even speakers that would accentuate the running commentary.
The Competition, which went by the name century hitters T20, included six teams named after various Indian states:
According to the authorities, there were two umpires, two organisers, and roughly two dozen locals who were paid to participate for all the teams.
One of the organisers acted as both a commentator and a well-known Indian cricket analyst.
Cricket wagers were accepted through a Telegram channel that the organisers had set up, and two high-definition cameras broadcast the matches on a YouTube channel with a pitiful 255 subscribers.
Investigators found that the bulk of the betters had their main offices in Moscow, Voronezh, and Tver.
A running commentary with crowd noises retrieved from the internet was broadcast through speakers positioned close to the playing field to give the games a more realistic feel.
Walkie-talkies would be used by the umpires to communicate with the organisers, who would then utilise Telegram to interact with the participants.
Additionally, the umpires would coach the players and have an impact on the game’s outcome.
According to Mr. Rathod, the “players,” who were paid 400 rupees ($5; £4.22) for a game, have already agreed to work with the authorities on the case.
“This is the first fraud I’ve ever seen. To make money through gambling, these people basically cleared a plot of land deep inside a hamlet and started playing a game while streaming it on YouTube.
Even the neighbourhood villagers were ignorant of this. We don’t know anything about the Russians who bet on this match, “added Mr. Rathod. This is world news related to India.