Gujarat bowler's links prove crucial

Gujarat bowler's links prove crucial

Gujarat bowler's links prove crucial

A crucial link which has emerged in the investigations into the sensational spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the nation, is the Ahmedabad based 31-year-old bowler Amit Singh.

Son of a retired Air Force officer, Singh has played for the Gujarat Ranji team for the last few seasons and had made his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals in 2009. Investigations have indicated that Singh’s proximity to several players in the Rajasthan IPL team and some bookies had made him the ideal go-between element in the spot-fixing scandal.

The Ranji player stays with his family at the Hari Om bungalows in Bopal area in Ahmedabad. The family locked up their house in the wee hours of Friday and left for an unknown destination. “We just came to know about the scandal through the television. But we didn’t know Amit was a former IPL player; neither were we aware of his activities,” commented one of the neighbours. They say that fearing they could be hounded by media and also by the police, the family had locked up their house.

Born in Bidar, Karnataka, Singh made his IPL debut under Shane Warne against Kings XI Punjab in 2009, where he had impressive figures of 3 for 9 from his four overs. He was, however, banned last year from bowling because of a suspect bowling action and played his last IPL match in May 2012.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has suspended the bowler pending inquiry following instructions from the BCCI. “We have issued the suspension orders for him. We are shocked by such revelations and are awaiting the outcome of the police investigations,” said secretary of the GCA Rajesh Patel.

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