Police in India have arrested four men in relation to a fake cricket league. They were told to bet on matches staged by farm laborers.
The charade was broken up by the authorities at a remote farm. The Indian premier cricket league was reaching the quarter final stages.
The real IPL ended in May.
The local police inspector told reporters that the cricket pitch was built by the scam artists.
He said that the accused had set up high-resolution cameras on the ground and used computer generated graphics to display scores on a live streaming screen.
400 rupee per game was paid to farm laborers and unemployed men from the local village. According to police, they wore jerseys of real teams such as the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
The sound effects were downloaded from the internet and played through a speaker. The cameraman was careful to avoid showing a wide shot of the pitch.
The organizers used an impressionist to mimic the voice of one of the real commentators, reading accounts of the action from a script.
The gang would instruct a fake umpire to signal to the players how the action should unfold in order to disadvantage the gamblers.
Shoeb Davda, the group’s chief organizer, returned to India after working at a bar in Russia, according to police. He told police that he met another Indian man, Asif Mohammed, who introduced the Russian customers to the joys of gambling on Indian cricket.
According to police, Mohammed stayed behind to organize Telegram subscriptions while Davda traveled home.
The impressionist and two bogus umpires were among those arrested. They were charged with criminal conspiracy and gambling.
It is against the law in India to gamble on cricket.
Police in India have arrested four men in relation to a fake cricket league that duped Russian gamblers. They were lured into betting on matches staged by farm laborers. The scammers built a cricket pitch, complete with “boundary lines and halogen lamps,” local police inspector Bhavesh Rathod said. They wore jerseys of real IPL teams, such as the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, and Gujarat Titans.