New Delhi: Four men were accused of organising a T20 tournament similar to IPL which focused on taking bets from players in three Russian cities through the social media app, Telegram. The incident took place in Gujarat’s Ahmadabad. However, this only came to the surface after the Gujarat police busted the racket in a remote village.
The organisers started the tournament a few days after the original Indian Premier League. Reportedly, more than nine games were played in the area of Molipur village during the Mehsana “tournament,” that’s why the police busted the racket and caught hold of the culprits.
The police also confiscated cricket equipment, cameras, fake crowd noises downloaded from the internet, and even speakers that would deliver the running commentary, with a mimic commentator.
A video has been going around the internet which showed only one angle of the match. The video showed the pitch and only a few people that acted as players – two batters, a bowler, an umpire, a wicketkeeper, and an additional fielder. Moreover, the shot made by the batter was not shown in the video but was aired on YouTube to make it look real.
Take a look at the viral video:
Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for….
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
— Jordan Elgott (@JElgott) July 11, 2022
The netizens have been taken aback by the video and people are flooding the comment section expressing their concerns. Meanwhile, people laughed out watching the clipping of the fake match as it looked so much planned and blamed the Russians for not realising it.
Take a look at some of the reactions:
Indians. Sorry Gujaratis https://t.co/mDdKT5WpIi
— Ruban Leon (@leonruban) July 12, 2022
What an epic con!! https://t.co/5RVx0Jdous
— Terblanche (@TwiTerblanche) July 12, 2022
fake ke bhi fake hone lage. 😂😂 https://t.co/3kl4j4itLK
— gabbuprasad (@gabbuprasad) July 12, 2022
Chuna laga diya re😆🤣 https://t.co/TKCqX72y6U
— Nameer (@nameer_92) July 12, 2022
THIS IS SO FUNNY PLSSSS white ppl should voluntarily get scammed, its penance for all the shit they stole https://t.co/7Msrzl7fjl
— bug (@bug8658902) July 12, 2022
Wow! Incredible jugaad https://t.co/5efRCzP3jv
— AnnieSamson (@anniesamson) July 12, 2022
Unreal effort that 😂 https://t.co/OVrcIwOtTT
— Sammy (@SammyAV14) July 12, 2022
It’s actually hard to believe people were tricked into placing bets on this hilarious clown show 🤣 https://t.co/KTYxXHpjIh
— Ned Zelic (@NedZelic) July 12, 2022
— Archit Vyas (@atmanirbharmomo) July 12, 2022
So Russians are dumb? 😭😭😭 https://t.co/HlTGusvENB
— Toro y moji (@always_Koki) July 12, 2022
How did they even fall for it?😂 https://t.co/29R56DuVHU
— S (@itissreee) July 12, 2022
Love how they made sure that the umpire had a Panama hat. https://t.co/dtaqzdfuTx
— Shiladitya Pandit (@panditsTOI) July 12, 2022
Notably, Indian law restricts sports betting (apart from horse racing), however, according to police, there is quite a lot of gambling going around in cricket.