Fixing row: ICC suspends 6 tainted umpires

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Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 14:51 [IST]
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Fixing: ICC suspends 6 tainted umpires

New Delhi, Oct 10: The International Cricket Council (ICC) suspends six umpires, who were allegedly involved in fixing matches that was exposed by a sting operation carried out by an Indian news channel recently.

ICC was forced to act after 48 hours of the TV sting, as it exposed corrupt umpires, who were found guilty of fixing decisions.

The six umpires - Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka were suspended by the ICC, as the ICC spokesperson also confirmed that the tainted umpires will not be officiating ICC matches in future.

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) and its relevant Full Member Boards have agreed not to appoint any of the umpires named in a sting operation recently conducted by India TV to any domestic or international cricket matches pending the outcome of the ongoing investigations into the allegations made," the governing body said in a statement.

"The officials named are not contracted by the ICC and those Boards who employ and nominate the umpires directly will conduct the investigations as a matter of urgency," it added.

The video showed the six umpires willing to give favourable decisions or provide information related to teams, players or conditions if offered money.

According to the sting, Pakistan umpire Nadeem Ghauri had agreed to give LBW decisions in return for money, while Sri Lankan umpire Sagar Gallage was ready to give information about the playing XI, and the pitch report one and a half hours before the game.

Bangladesh umpire Nadir Shah had also agreed to warn bowlers unfairly, while Maurice Winston also allegedly shared a pitch report, playing XIs for the warm-up T20 match between England and Australia in exchange for Rs. 50,000.

Though the umpires denied the reports, a few hours after the TV sting exposed their alleged involvement in match-fixing, saying that they did not fix matches.

Bangladesh umpire Nadir Shah denied the reports as he said it was "absolutely rubbish".

"If I am going to fix match, I will be caught some day by the ICC... no umpire fixes matches," he told PTI.

While Nadeem Ghauri had also denied the charge saying "I am surprised at these baseless allegations," he told AFP on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Rajiv Shukla, IPL chairman, refused to comment on the issue and said that the 'matter completely belongs to the ICC'.

"This matter is in ICC's domain. Good that ICC has taken action," IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said.


Story first published:  Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 13:09 [IST]
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