Fake “IPL” Set Up In Gujarat To Dupe Russian Punters: Cops

Fake “IPL” Set Up In Gujarat To Dupe Russian Punters: Cops

In a betting scandal reminiscent of the 1973 Oscar-winning film “The Sting”, a fake Indian Premier League tournament was set up with farm laborers to deceive Russian punters. Griffiths reached the quarter-finals of the so-called “Indian Premier Cricket League” before the Indian police uncovered the reaction. According to police, the tournament started three weeks after the end of the real IPL in May, but it did not prove to be an obstacle for the gang, which they said leased a remote farm in the western state of Gujarat. had gone.

Police Inspector Bhavesh Rathore told reporters that he had installed a cricket pitch complete with “boundary lines and halogen lamps”.

In addition, the accused had installed high-resolution cameras on the ground and used computer-generated graphics to show scores on a live streaming screen.

The group hired workers and unemployed youth for 400 rupees ($ 5) per game and broadcast the matches live on a YouTube channel called “IPL”.

The players took turns wearing the jerseys of Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans, police said, following the instructions of the Russian-based mastermind.

The sound effects of the crowd noise were downloaded from the internet and the speaker was skillfully used to mimic one of the real Indian observers of the IPL to make the tournament look authentic.

At the same time, the cameraman made sure that the entire ground was not shown, instead of the players having close-up beams.

Russian punters were tempted to bet on their ruble on a telegram channel set up by the gang, which then alerted the fake umpire on the pitch using walkie-talkies.

Rathore added that the supposed official bowler and batsman would signal a six, a four or an out.

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A “quarter-final” match was being played “when we received a report and we uncovered the racket,” Rathore said.

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