A domestic player from Vidarbha said to be close to Ajit Chandila, one of the Rajasthan Royals players arrested on spot-fixing charges, was arrested on Sunday as investigation into the nexus between players and bookies continued to widen.
Manish Guddewar, suspected to have been a conduit between players and bookies, is being questioned on spot-fixing. Guddewar, who had played seven limited-over games for Vidarbha between 2003 and 2005, and two bookies were arrested from Aurangabad.
A native of Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra, Guddewar also featured for Air India, where Chandila also plied his trade.
Leg-spinner and a handy middle-order batsman, he was known for his ability to slog but had managed just 162 runs in seven matches for Vidarbha.
He did not feature in any first-class match.
The two bookies arrested are Sunil Bhatia (44) and Kiran Dole (43). The three were arrested after their phones were tapped by the cops. Chandila was arrested with S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan from Mumbai on Wednesday night, triggering the current scandal that has engulfed the domestic T20 league as well as Indian cricket.
Claim to fame
According to sources, he had featured as a guest player for Air India in the early 2000s and had once dismissed Virender Sehwag, which earned him selection to the Vidarbha side.
“It was during his stay with Air India that he came in contact with Chandila, who too was playing for the team,” a source said.
“Guddewar's proximity to Chandila was not a hidden secret in cricketing circles. The duo also used to hang around and party together in places like Goa,” the source added.
After playing two seasons for Vidarbha, Guddewar receded to the background and only resurfaced last year when he got married.