Abu Dhabi T10 League drops tainted owner Ali Asfaq from franchise ownership
The Abu Dhabi T10 league has dissociated itself from Ali Asfaq Thara who stood as co-owner of Kerala Knights franchise, one of the eight teams in the league.
Ali Asfaq has been arrested by the Bengaluru police charging him of betting on Karnataka Premier League (KPL) matches in his position as owner of Belagavi Panthers franchise in KPL. The police are also investigating the possibility of match-fixing and whether he has roped in any players in the act.
Shafi ul Mulk, brother of T10 league founder Shaji ul Mulk is one of the other 2 co-founders of Kerala Knights.
“He was part of our league last year. Franchise ownerships were at renewal stage. Than the news came in that he was being investigated for betting. As part of our due diligence, we took immediate action that he would no longer be part of the league,” Shaji ul Mulk, founder of Abu Dhabi T10 told India Today.
The league operating with the radical 10 overs format is in its 3rd year and has the approval of International Cricket Council (ICC). Kerala Knights franchise is led by World Cup-winning England captain Eoin Morgan and also has Chris Gayle and Keiron Pollard in its ranks.
BCCI Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh confirms they have been in touch with the ICC on Ali Asfaq as the T10 league runs on ICC approval.
On the home front, the BCCI ACU is waiting to see if Bengaluru police find sufficient evidence to file a charge sheet against Ali Asfaq. Police has charged him of betting under the sports gambling act. If the charges are found substantiated and they file a charge sheet, we will see what offense of the anti-corruption code has been violated and take action accordingly, Singh told India Today.