NEW DELHI (AP) — A fourth player has been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India after authorities said Friday he was among the bookmakers arrested by police along with three other cricketers for alleged spot-fixing in a domestic Twenty20 league tournament.
"Mr. Amit Singh, a registered player with the Gujarat Cricket Association, who has also been arrested by the Delhi Police, has been suspended by the BCCI, pending inquiry," the cricket board said in a statement.
Test player Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were also barred after their arrest on Thursday.
Amit, who has previously played for the same Rajasthan team the other three represent, is among 14 people being kept in police custody for five days.
The spot-fixing case is being investigated by Delhi police, who claim they have phone records to prove the players conceded more than a set number of runs per over for money given by bookmakers. The accused face charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy.
Meanwhile, Sreesanth's lawyer Deepak Prakash said the pace bowler was being framed in the spot-fixing case.
"There is no evidence against Sreesanth," Prakash told reporters Friday. "He (Sreesanth) says he has no idea about spot-fixing and has not been in touch with bookmakers. All allegations against him are baseless and we'll move the court for bail tomorrow."
Spot-fixing involves performing in a pre-determined way at set times for the benefit of gamblers.
Investigators have said the players gave signals such as rotating a watch or hanging a towel at the waist before giving away the minimum number of runs decided upon, for which they received up to 6 million rupees ($110,000) per over.
This is not the first instance of spot-fixing in Indian cricket.
Last year, little-known allrounder T. P. Sudhindra was handed a life ban after he was shown in a sting operation by India TV as agreeing to bowl a no-ball at a predetermined time in a local T20 game in the central Indian city of Indore.
The most high-profile case in cricket was in 2010, when former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, fast bowler Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were found guilty of spot-fixing during a series in England and served between three and seven months in prison.