The day after police nabbed former Vidarbha cricketer Manish Guddewar, another Vidarbha player employed with the Railways, Baburao Yadav, was arrested on charges of fixing.
Sources claimed interrogation of arrested bookies and players has revealed how the bookies utilised the contact base of players on the promise of getting them a contract in the T20 league.
“Amit Singh played for the Rajasthan Royals for four seasons. Jiju Janardhan was Sreesanth’s teammate from a cricket club in Ernakulam. (Manish) Guddewar and Baburao were teammates in Vidarbha,” said an officer.
Baburao, who was a trainee at the MRF Pace Foundation, has played six first-class and two list A matches for Vidarbha in 2004-05 and three years later played four T20 matches for Railways.
According to senior Delhi Police officers probing the case, the arrested men represent but a tip of the iceberg. Innumerable cricketers with shattered dreams or prematurely cut short careers, sources claimed, are suspected to be a part of similar scams which simply haven’t surfaced yet.
“This is why the active involvement of the BCCI is needed,” an officer said.
“We have requested the BCCI to keep an eye out as well as perform background checks on players, teams and the people who accompany them to tournaments such as the T20 league.”
The Delhi Police were confident of booking those arrested with the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Criminal Act (MCOCA).
Senior officers said: “If even one of the men arrested has a criminal background to that effect, the entire syndicate can be booked under MCOCA – which happens to be the case this time around.”