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ICC reprimands Hill for comments on spot-fixing

Published: Friday, September 17, 2010, 15:07 [IST]
 
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ICC reprimands Kiwi umpire Hill

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reprimanded New Zealand umpire Tony Hill for publicly stating his belief that Pakistan players deliberately bowled no-balls, a report said on Friday.

Hill and compatriot Billy Bowden officiated in Pakistan's final Test at Lords last month, where Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif were alleged to have bowled pre-arranged no-balls.

Hill told Wellington's Dominion Post this week that he had suspected the Pakistan pace duo bowling delibirate no-ball but did not link the tactic to corruption.

Radio New Zealand on Friday said the ICC had reprimanded Hill over his comments and told him not to discuss the matter further until investigations were complete.

The ICC has charged and suspended Pakistan captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer for the allegations against the players. The allegations were first filed by Britain's News of the World newspaper.

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