New Delhi: The latest cricketer nabbed in the spot-fixing scandal, which hit Indian cricket last Thursday, is the 30-year-old Railways player Baburao Algu Yadav.
Born in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, Baburao made his first class debut for Vidarbha way back in 2001-02 when he was just a budding 18-year-old medium pacer. But despite doing well with the ball (18 wickets in six matches at an average of 18.66 with a best of 4 for 9), he could never cement his place in the team, playing his last first class match in December 2004. He also played two List A games for Vidharbha, taking two wickets.
Baburao went on to join Railways in 2006, for whom he featured in the domestic Twenty20 tournament but couldn't pick a single wicket in the four games he played. He was employed as an operator in the signal and telecom dvision and had joined the Indian Railways under sports quota.
His family has rejected allegations that he is involved in spot-fixing. The Railways suspended Baburao soon after he was arrested by the police on Monday.
Baburao's name came up during investigations in the spot-fixing scandal that was unearthed last week by Delhi Police, who have arrested and are interrogating three players - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - of the Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals. All three have been suspended by the BCCI pending inquiry and their contracts suspended by the franchise, who has also lodged an FIR against them.