U-19 World Cup-Winner Alleges Match Fixing In Bengal Club Cricket, Shares Videos

Shreevats Goswami, who was part of India’s U-19 World Cup-winning team in 2008, has alleged that a match in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) first division league looked like it was fixed. Taking to Facebook, the former crickter shared a couple of clips from the fixture between Mohammedan Sporting and Town Club. The video seemingly shows two Mohammedan Sporting batters, one right-handed and the other left, throwing away their wickets with purpose.

Goswami emphasised that club cricket is the heart and soul of Bengal, urging the management not to ruin it.

“This is a Super Division match in Kolkata Club Cricket, two big teams doing this, any idea what’s going on here? “I am ashamed to see this having played the game which is so close to my heart. I love cricket and I love playing in Bengal but looking at this breaks my heart. Club cricket is heart and soul of Bengal cricket please don’t ruin it. I think this is called ‘got up’ cricket. Where is the media now?” Goswami posted on Facebook.

The CAB, however, is yet to respond to the allegations.

Meanwhile, Goswami announced his retirement from Test cricket in October last year.

He drew curtains on a 15-year long career, having made his debut for Bengal in 2008.

“Announcing my retirement from first-class cricket. It has been an incredible journey on the cricket field, and it feels like the right time to call it off. It has been an honor and privilege to play this beautiful game for as long as I did as well as represent various teams and IPL franchises,” Goswami had posted on X (formerly Twitter).

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my teammates, coaches, CAB and the BCCI, and everyone who supported me throughout my career. I am grateful to my family, who have been a pillar of strength for me throughout my cricketing journey. Cricket has given me countless memories and lifelong friendships to cherish,” he added.

Goswami played under Virat Kohli‘s captaincy during the 2008 U19 World Cup in Malaysia. India lifted the title after beating South Africa in the final.

Unfortunately, Goswami never really manage to break into the Indian senior team.

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