IPL fixing allegations May 21, 2013

Baburao Yadav fifth cricketer arrested in alleged fixing case

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former Vidarbha seamer Baburao Yadav has become the fifth cricketer to be arrested, by the Delhi Police, in connection with the alleged spot-fixing in the IPL. Yadav was produced in court in Delhi on Tuesday afternoon along with Rajasthan Royals' Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, who were arrested in the early hours of May 16 in Mumbai and then transferred to the Indian capital.

Amit Singh, a former Gujarat and Rajasthan Royals seamer turned bookmaker, is the other cricketer arrested, one among 11 bookies taken in on May 16 in connection with the case. Singh and the other bookies were also produced in court on Tuesday along with the cricketers.

Yadav, a medium pacer and handy lower-order batsman, played first-class and list-A cricket for Vidarbha and Twenty20 cricket for Railways. His six first-class games were played between the 2001-02 and 2004-05 seasons. Later, Yadav had played in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League for Ahmedabad Rockets and Hyderabad Heroes.

Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan, who were produced in court after five days of police detention, were remanded to a further five days in police custody - until May 26. While four bookies were remanded to judicial custody, the other eight - including, it is believed, Singh and Yadav - were returned to police custody with the IPL players.

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  • Jason on May 24, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @James Morely, The reason legalising betting would make spot-fixing less attractive is that the industry would be regulated, and betting trends can be analysed, as per English horse racing, eg Odds start to shorten on an event occurring without usual patterns in betting would suggest the bookies know something and are attempting to cover themselves against potential losses.

    In the event of suspicious activities then it bets can be nullified and there is then evidence against those taking part in it.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Why would making betting legal stop spot fixing? They are spot fixing for greed, and no amount of legalizing will stop this.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Make betting legal like other countries do will solve the problem but in the case of spot fixing there is huge amount of money needed to buy a players faith, Bookies always targets youngsters they never approach big names in the cricket. Finish this category system in the cricket like A Category players will get 5lac B Category Players will get 2lac and Third Category is stipend category. This category system is misleading the players to earn more, If a player is enough capable that's why he playing in the country side so make the salaries equal for every cricketer instead of dividing them into different classes. Cricket boards are making billions from the game of gentleman and why not to spend some amount on the betterment of this game.

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @Spandan Roy. I agree with every bit of what you posted. Every bit!

  • Jason on May 22, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @InsideHedge, it probably depends on the nature of the comments.

    Its a shame that the Police and Authorities in EVERY country cant be more proactive in regards to running sting operations, to catch those that are guilty, not only of letting themselves down but also the cricket fans that pay to watch them in games.

    In the end the ICC anti corruption unit needs to build ties with local Law agencies to tackle this, such that they can be involved in setting up stings. In addition the ICC needs to grow a back bone and throw out ANY cricketer found guilty in a court, out of the game for Life, not just suspend them like it did with the 3 Pakistan cricketers.

  • Sanjay on May 22, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    I thought comments were being blocked on this case for legal reasons!

  • Dummy4 on May 22, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    with so much hoopla about cricket spot fixing scandal et al it is just a gentle reminder that though kudos is expected to be given to the Delhi Police but it is a fact that in other spheres if the Delhi Police had been half as prompt and vigilant then the country would be more inhabitable and would be a relief for all the citizens of the country, not just a handful of cricket crazy fans, specially women of the country.As a citizen of India and being an avid fan of the gentleman's game I personally feel anything in excess kills the charm,and the overdoze of T20 cricket is going to kill indian cricket;though we can see how Dravid can mould into T20 format to become such a phenomenon even after retirement, the reverse doesnt hold true for all young cricketers of India in IPL-which is actually the case.With our oversees results in Tests in disarray and inability of our batsmen to perform in any pitches other than subcontinental flat tracks its time to retrospect the path of Indian cricket

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