Indian Farmers Streamed Fake Pro Cricket Matches To Russian Bettors For Two Weeks

A group of Indian farmers created a fake Indian Premier League cricket tournament. They were so convincing that they could trick a Russian audience into placing real bets. 

According to the Times of India, fake games were held on a Gujarati farm with 21 farm workers and unemployed teenagers. 

They were paid 400 rupees each ($5 US) and given the task of impersonating well-known Indian cricket players.

According to reports, the farmers streamed the tournament to YouTube for two weeks. They even created a Telegram channel dedicated exclusively to the games. 

They took bets with Russian gamblers in Moscow, Voronezh, and Tver, despite the fact the IPL's 2022 season was over in May.

The farmers fooled their Russian audience with clever thinking and a simple setup. The farmers set up five HD cameras, halogen lights, and sound effects to mimic the crowd's noise.

While players swapped between the jerseys of the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, the Gujarat Titans' "umpire" paraded the field using walkie-talkies. 

One man assumed the role of Harsha Bhogle, a famous cricket commentator who acknowledged the group's scam via Twitter.

Shoeb Davda was one of the organizers of the fake tournament. He gave instructions to the umpire to use live bets from the Russians. 

The umpire would then signal the bowler and batsman to shift bets in their favor. 

Four conmen were busted by Indian police during the tournament's "quarter-finals." Before the shutdown, they had just taken 300,000 rupees ($3,775 USD) from Russian betting houses.