T20 cricket is the most-watched format in the world. Due to its short duration and exciting action taking place, people prefer to watch the T20 format more than One Day Internationals (ODI) and Test cricket. Harsha Bhogle has been the voice of cricket commentary over the years.
Harsha Bhogle shared a cutting of a news article and captioned the post as “Can’t stop laughing. Must hear this ‘commentator’ “. The news article was related to a fraud T20 cricket league in Gujarat. With the help of this fraud league, some people duped Russian punters through betting.
Can't stop laughing. Must hear this "commentator" pic.twitter.com/H4EcTBkJVa
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 11, 2022
Some youngsters from Gujarat formed a cricket league named “Indian Premier Cricket League“. Around 21-23 youngsters were involved in this league who represented three teams named Gujarat Titans, Mumbai Indians, and Chennai Super Kings. They alternatively represented these teams
Police official Bhavesh Rathod said, “Shoeb hired the farm of Ghulam Masih and installed halogen lights there. He readied 21 farm labourers, promising them Rs 400 per match. Next, he hired cameramen and bought t-shirts of IPL teams. Shoeb would take live bets over the Telegram channel.”
“Walkie-talkie used to signal fours or sixes” – Police officials
In order to make the league real, they also added crowd noise by adding fake background music of the crowd cheering for the teams. A commentator was involved with the talent of mimicking Harsha Bhogle to give a real feel.
They made a telegram channel to invite bets for the matches. They used walkie-talkies to communicate what action would be taken on the next ball depending on the bet settled.
The police officials further said, “He would instruct Kolu, the umpire, over a walkie-talkie to signal fours and sixes. Kolu communicated the same to the batsman and the bowler. Acting on the instructions, the bowler would deliver a slow ball, enabling the batsman to hit it for a four or a six.”