Former RR player Amit Singh was main ‘talent spotter’ for bookies
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Former Rajasthan Royals player Amit Singh was the key man in spotting the players who could spot-fix. Police sources said he worked as a middle-man between the players and a bookie named Chandresh, who has also been arrested.
Amit, who was arrested from Ahmedabad on Thursday, has been heard extensively speaking to the players over phone and fixed the deals with them.
Amit was one of the 11 bookies arrested so far in the IPL spot-fixing. He is a former Rajasthan Royals player who was released by the franchise as latest as last year.
Amit, a fast bowler who also represented Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy in the 2012-13 season, was in the Rajasthan Royals` squad from 2009 to 2012 and played 23 matches during his four-year association with the franchise.
It was reported by a leading sports website that Amit "was picked up for questioning five days ago but was formally arrested on Thursday in connection with the spot-fixing case that also allegedly involves three current Royals players [Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila]. Singh, 31, has been identified in the first information report (FIR) as `Amit Kumar r/o Ahmedabad, Gujarat`."
Amit made his IPL debut in 2009 under the then captain Shane Warne and instantly made an impact with his bowling. But his bowling action came under scrutiny and he was banned from bowling in the last year.