The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has summoned four cricketers who participated in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/karnataka-premier-league">Karnataka Premier League</a> (KPL) in relation to the match-fixing scandal that has brought the state T20 league under scanner. <p></p> <p></p>The four cricketers, whose names haven't been disclosed, were allegedly in touch with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/belagavi-panthers">Belagavi Panthers</a> owner Ali Asfak Thara who has already been questioned by the CCB. <p></p> <p></p>According to <em>Deccan Chronicle</em>, Ali was in touch with the cricketers representing other teams even when his own team was playing. <p></p> <p></p>However, what role the cricketers had to play in this scandal is yet to be established. <p></p> <p></p>"The inquiry is still at its initial stages and a detailed investigation is required. We will seek the assistance of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) and the anti-corruption unit of the BCCI too," Bengaluru Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil was quoted as saying by the English daily. <p></p> <p></p>The report further quoted an unnamed Karnataka State Cricket Association official as saying that the board will fully cooperate with the investigations. <p></p> <p></p>The Indian cricket has been recently hit by multiple reports of suspicious approaches by India women cricketers and match-fixing allegations in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). <p></p> <p></p>Players have shared with BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit screenshots of WhatsApp conversations where unknown people, posing as fans asked for information related to match and team combinations. <p></p> <p></p>The ACU last week filed a First Information Report (FIR) at the Ashok Nagar Police Station in Bengaluru against Rakesh Bafna and Jitendra Kothari for an alleged attempt to fix an India-England women's international match earlier this year.