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AHMEDABAD: The fake IPL of Molipur may just be the tip of the iceberg in what is suspected to be a widespread interstate scam. The audacious ‘think global, act local charade may also have had punters from other countries fall for it.
After a team of Gujarat police busted Molipurs ‘IPL targeting Russian punters, Uttar Pradesh police unearthed another fake cricket league scam in Meerut on Tuesday. The investigation reveals that the modus operandi is the same and so are the masterminds — Asif Mohammed and his aide Ashok Chaudhary. This was confirmed by the senior officers of Gujarat and UP police.
A gang set up a fake “Indian Premier League” tournament with farm laborers acting as players to dupe Russian punters in a betting scam reminiscent of the 1973 film The Sting.
The so-called “Indian Premier Cricket League” reached the quarter-final stage before police in India busted the racket.
Unbelievable story from India today. A group of farmers and unemployed youngsters have been busted for running a fake Indian Premier League, and conning Russian punters into betting on it.— Jordan Elgott (@JElgott) July 11, 2022
The tournament began three weeks after the actual IPL concluded in May, according to police, but that proved no hindrance to the gang, which they said leased a remote farm in the western state of Gujarat.
The group streamed the matches on YouTube. They took turns wearing kits of Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans. The stream had downloaded sound effects to make it more realistic. They even hired a commentator who sounded like the actual commentator.— Jordan Elgott (@JElgott) July 11, 2022
Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for….— Jordan Elgott (@JElgott) July 11, 2022
Footage of the Fake IPL, which somehow conned people in Russia into betting on it.
‘Chennai Fighters’ off to a solid start, pitch looking in good condition. pic.twitter.com/XtaL5W5zli
They installed a cricket pitch, complete with “boundary lines and halogen lamps”, Insp Bhavesh Rathod told reporters. “Besides this, the accused had set up high-resolution cameras on the ground and used computer-generated graphics to display scores on a live streaming screen.”