Indian Premier League: The IPL has fans worldwide. The world’s largest franchise league has led to an incredible increase in the growth of T20 cricket globally.
Meanwhile, a small group in Gujarat has allegedly tried to get some Russian gamblers involved in the scheme by plotting a fake version of the IPL. The matches of this fake IPL took place on a local farm. The fraudsters successfully lured the foreigners into this trap.
According to reports, five high-definition cameras were installed to record the matches. They turned farm workers into cricket players. Most interestingly, the umpires used fake walkie-talkies to make these matches official. A commentator from Meerut, who was able to imitate Harsha Bhogle, was made a significant part of the scheme.
Indian Premier League: Harsha Bhogle Reacts On Fake IPL Incident
Noted television presenter and commentator Harsha Bhogle burst into laughter after learning about this fake league. He reacted by sharing this information on social media. Harsha Bhogle shared a picture of the news on his Twitter handle. He wrote in the caption: “I can’t stop laughing. Be sure to listen to this commenter.”
According to a report in the Times of India, around 21 unemployed youth of Molipur village played the role of sportspersons. He played cricket alternately wearing the jerseys of GT, MI and CSK to make it look like the actual IPL. The funniest thing is that they pretended to be crowd noise by stealing fake music from the internet to make this league look authentic.
The incident was something like this: Shoeb hired Ghulam Masih’s farm and put halogen lights in it. He prepared 21 farm workers by guaranteeing them Rs 400 for each match. He then recruited cameramen and purchased IPL team t-shirts.
Over the Telegram channel, Shoeb would accept live bets. Over a walkie-talkie, he would instruct Kolu, the umpire, to signify fours and sixes. The bowler and batsman both received the identical message from Kolu.
The bowler would throw a slow ball, which would allow the batsman to hit it for a four or a six, according to police officer Bhavesh Rathod.
The name of this mock competition was the Indian Premier Cricket League. They broadcasted the matches live on a YouTube channel.
The gang from Gujarat conspired to launder money from the Russians through their fake tournaments through a Telegram group three weeks after the conclusion of the matches and also invited them to place bets.
The fake IPL had reached the ‘quarterfinals’ level before the organizers of this fake tournament were arrested by the Mehsana Police. Police reportedly termed Shoaib Davda the “key organizer”, who had returned to India after working for eight months in Russia.