Former India women’s team coach Tushar Arothe arrested in connection with IPL betting

Former India women’s team coach Tushar Arothe arrested in connection with IPL betting

This is not the first time that the IPL has found itself associated with a scandal.

Tushar Arothe
Tushar Arothe. (Photo by Getty Images)

The betting scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL) raised its ugly hood once again and claimed as its victim a former coach of the Indian Women’s cricket team. Tushar Arothe, who stepped down as the coach in July last year, was arrested in Vadodara, Gujarat, in connection with the scandal.

The 52-year-old former all-rounder has played in 114 first-class games between 1985 and 2003 besides 51 List ‘A’ matches. He scored 13 centuries and took 11 five-wicket hauls in first-class cricket. Arothe was arrested along with 18 other people during a raid at a café, DCP, Crime Branch, JS Jadeja was cited as saying by an ANI report.

“We arrested Tushar Arothe along with 18 other persons during a raid at a cafe. Their phones & vehicles have been seized,” Jadeja said.

This is not the first time that the IPL has found itself associated with a scandal. In the 2013 edition, a few players of Rajasthan Royals came under the scanner in connection with spot-fixing and one of them was S Sreesanth, a former India cricketer, who was banned for life by the BCCI. Recently, the Supreme Court asked the board to revoke the former pacer’s ban.

Arothe stepped down as coach despite having a successful stint

Talking about Arothe, the man had stepped down from the coach’s position citing personal reasons even though reports said he did so over growing differences with senior members of the women’s team.

Arothe had his share of success as the coach as the women’s team had reached the final of the ICC World Cup in England in 2017 but lost very closely to the hosts. It also won a three-match ODI series and five-match T20I series in South Africa and made the final of the Asia Cup held in Malaysia last year but lost to Bangladesh in the title clash.

Arothe was later replaced by former India cricketer Ramesh Powar but he too had a controversial stint in the job and had a terrible clash with senior batswoman Mithali Raj and saw his tenure coming to an end.

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