New Delhi, May 23: Former Ranji cricket player Baburao Yadav, arrested in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, had planned to play in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) with the help of one of the arrested bookies, police said.
Yadav, who was arrested Monday, was taken to Bangladesh by bookie Sunil Bhatia in 2009 to introduce him to some of his contacts who could help Yadav play in the BPL, said a police official.
The police official said the information was given by Yadav and Bhatia, who are in police custody, during their interrogation.
Yadav could not play in the BPL as the anti-corruption team of International Cricket Council (ICC) identified Bhatia as a bookie and he returned from Bangladesh to avoid arrest in Bangladesh.
Baburao Yadav was arrested Tuesday in Delhi in the Indian Premier League spot fixing scandal.
Yadav had come in contact with Bhatia in 2007 during the now defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) and was in touch with him till 2008.
Bhatia also tried to spot fix in an ICL match with the help of Yadav but they could not succeed, added the police official, declining to be named.
New Delhi, May 23: The spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League seems to have had little impact on the enthusiasm of cricket fans as there was a huge crowd in attendance for the eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Wednesday (May 22).
A Delhi and District Cricket Association official told IANS that around 33,000 spectators enjoyed the game in the 45,000-capacity stadium.
“We are here just to enjoy good cricket. For us, it doesn’t matter what controversies are going on off the field,” said Akhil Harsh, who has been a regular at the Kotla this season.
The Qualifier I between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians here Tuesday also witnessed a good turnout.
The sixth edition by IPL has been hit by controversies. Three Rajasthan Royals players – S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – were arrested on spot fixing charges May 16.
New Delhi, May 23: Ajit Chandila of Rajasthan Royals was about to spot fix in another Indian Premier League (IPL) match too, for which he had taken Rs.15 lakh from a Punjab-based bookie, when he was arrested May 16, police claimed.
During interrogation Chandila has revealed the name of another bookie, Deepak Kumar, 35, a resident of Patiala, in Punjab.
“Kumar contacted Chandila April 4 and a meeting was held between them in a Chandigarh hotel for spot fixing in the match played between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 17 in Hyderabad. In this match, he was supposed to play,” said a Delhi Police officer.
Chandila also received Rs.15 lakh from Kumar, who is a property dealer.
He took money for bowling a manipulated over in a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad but was arrested May 16, investigators claimed Wednesday.
This is a third set of bookies running the spot fixing racket during the IPL matches this season.
Delhi Police have claimed that “four sets” of people involved in spot fixing racket have surfaced during the interrogation of three Rajasthan Royals players S. Sreesanth, Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and 15 bookies who were arrested from Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
Chandresh Patel, Manan and Amit Singh were in the first set of bookies. The second set of bookies includes Sunil Bhatia, Kiran Dole, Pinku and Ramakant Aggarwal. Deepak Kumar was among the third set of bookies with an absconding bookie.
Disgraced cricketer Ajit Chandila was allegedly paid at least Rs.49 lakh by bookies for spot fixing in IPL matches this season.
New Delhi, May 23: Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid says dealing with the turmoil caused by the spot-fixing scandal, which has left his team’s reputation in tatters, has turned out to be as tough as handling “bereavement in some ways”.
“I would not lie it was a very tough phase for us. It was a blow to the team. It’s something I have never experienced anything like it. It’s like bereavement in some ways,” Dravid told reporters after his team beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to enter the second qualifier of the IPL, here last night.
Rajasthan Royals secured a four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a thrilling low scoring ‘Eliminator’ to book their place in the second Qualifier where they will be meeting the mighty Mumbai Indians in Kolkata. Dravid, for the first time, seemed like opening up to the fixing chapter as he talked about the subject and allowed his emotions to flow.
RR were a team gone haywire after three of its players, including India pacer S Sreesanth, were arrested by the Delhi Police for indulging in spot-fixing.
“You feel real sadness, disappointment and anger. There are so many emotions. We had a day (after the Mumbai Indians match) and the next day, we were playing Sunrisers in Hyderabad and everyone was in a daze. It was a difficult week for all of us,” he said.
New Delhi, May 22: Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator here at the Ferozeshah Kotla Wednesday to enter Qualifier 2.
With a small target of 133, Rajasthan Royals had a jittery chase losing wickets at regular intervals but Australian middle-order batsman Brad Hodge (54 not out) made sure that the 2008 champions reached home with four balls to spare.
Sunrisers had scored 132/7 in their 20 overs and in reply the Royals made 135/6 in 19.2 overs.
Rajasthan took off brilliantly with skipper Rahul Dravid (12) hitting three exquisite boundaries to start their chase. However, he edged an Ishant Sharma delivery to backward point in the second over.
Opener Ajinkya Rahane (18) and dependable batsman Shane Watson (24) carried on little by little.
However, a caught and bowled by spinner Amit Mishra and a superb catch on the boundary by Darren Sammy brought an end to Rahane and Watson, respectively.
Royals were put in more than a spot of bother when they lost four wickets in a span of seven runs, putting the brakes on their scoring rate. They went down from 53/1 to 57/5 in four overs.
Nevertheless, Sanju Samson (10) and Hodge, who hit five huge sixes and two boundaries, steadied the ship with a 45-run sixth wicket partnership.
New Delhi, May 23: Sachin Tendulkar will not take further part in the Indian Premier League owing to an injury on his left hand, his team Mumbai Indians said.
Tendulkar, who did not play the Qualifier I against Chennai Super Kings here Tuesday, has been ruled out of action for three weeks, according to a Mumbai Indians statement.
“Sachin Tendulkar has injured his left wrist and hand while batting in the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 13th May. On investigation, we have found that there is some swelling in the wrist and around one of the tendons of his left hand,” said the statement.
“He is currently under rehab and is progressing well. The normal recovery time for this injury is around three weeks, however rehab results in the past nine days have shown reasonable improvements and we are hopeful to get him back in action as soon as possible.”
Mumbai Indians lost to Super Kings and now take on Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens Friday for a spot in the final.
Mumbai Indians pacer Dhawal Kulkarni also played his last match of IPL 6.