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IPL spot-fixing: Suspect’s action cost him RR spot

After missing out on making Royals' squad,Amit Singh allegedly quit and became a bookie.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: May 18, 2013 3:10:13 am

After missing out on making Royals’ squad,Amit Singh allegedly quit and became a bookie

Amit Singh is now in the custody of the Delhi police after he was arrested for allegedly being the main conduit between the three tainted Rajasthan Royals players and the bookies in the spot-fixing scandal. Ironically,the 31-year-old first-class player,who was suspended by the BCCI on Saturday,could well have been a part of the current Royals’ setup in IPL VI had his name not appeared in the board’s list of bowlers with suspect actions.

The Indian board had subsequently intimated the franchises about not picking any of the bowlers who featured in their list,resulting in Singh being left out of the Rajasthan squad,despite him having been a regular member of the team in the last four editions.

The Gujarat pacer’s action had come under the scanner during a Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra last season. He was thereafter dropped from the state team,asked to play local cricket and to modify his action. Interestingly,he had been sent back from South Africa during the second season of the IPL too for a suspect bowling action.

However,Singh is believed to have attempted to do neither and instead simply walked away from the game. Or so they thought. He stopped attending Gujarat’s nets sessions and was hardly ever seen on the local cricket circuit,despite this having been the peak of the season.

“One day I met him and asked how things were and he simply said he’s fine and working on his cricket. But later I was told that he had stopped coming for local matches and was hardly taking part in any practice.

“Once or twice,he did come and bowl in our Ranji nets though. Whatever the case,we still can’t fathom that he had become a bookie. This news has come as a huge surprise to us,” explained Vijay Patel,coach of the Gujarat team.

Patel,like everyone around Singh,claims to not have the slightest clue of how his former ward came into contact with bookies. But at least now he has an understanding of why the fast bowler had turned his back on cricket,in the capacity of a player anyway.

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