Umpires allegedly involved in match-fixing: Report

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Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 13:56 [IST]
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Six umpires involved in fixing: Report

New Delhi, Oct 9: After players, umpires have been allegedly caught on camera, which was brought to light by an Indian news channel as the umpires were helping the players fix the matches during the Sri Lanka Premier League that was held in Sri Lanka ahead of the World T20.

According to report, six ICC umpires from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan were allegedly involved in match fixing while it also cleared the air that none of them were a part of ICC's elite panel of umpires.

The Indian News Channel reportedly exposed umpires' involvement in fixing matches, as the sting named "Operation World Cup", showed Bangladesh's Nadir Shah, Pakistan's Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui, Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka being involved in fixing.

The report did not show any money exchange on camera, but clearly exposed umpires who played a role in fixing.

Following the sting operation, The International Cricket Council (ICC) has urged the Indian news channel to provide more details about "Operation World Cup" that shows Umpires are allegedly involved in fixing matches.

"The ICC and its relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India TV and calls on the station to turnover any information which can assist investigations," a statement said.

"The ICC reiterates its zero-tolerance towards corruption whether alleged against players or officials. The ICC confirms that none of the umpires named were involved in any of the official games of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka."

Interestingly, the TV report alleges umpire Nadeem Ghauri, from Pakistan who was in the ICC panel of umpires has supposedly told his undercover reporters that he could 'help Team India in all manners', according to the report.

The channel also claims that it won the confidence of the umpire in July 2012, and conversed with him on camera, as the video shows the umpire discussing about fixed decisions like leg-before-wicket and the modalities of how it could be done.

Ghauri has officiated in 43 ODIs, 5 Tests and four T20 matches.

While Anees Siddiqui, another Pakistan umpire was also seen promising that he would manage everything related to Pakistan Cricket Board if offered money to accept a decision favourable to Team India.

While the concerned boards have said that they will investigate the matter, ICC has launched its probe on the issue.


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