Umpire with 'loud mouth' will be in trouble: Shah

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Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 10:12 [IST]
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No need to educate Indian umpires: Shah

Mumbai, Oct 11: Former BCCI secretary, Niranjan Shah, feels there is no need to educate Indian umpires after other 6 Asian umpires were suspended by the International Cricket Council following their alleged involvement in fixing matches.

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Niranjan Shah, who is currently the chairman of BCCI umpire's sub-committee, said that integrity is the basic requirement for umpires, and need not be taught as they need to be sensible enough to stay away from such issues.

"No they should understand from the various newspaper reports. They have to be careful," said Niranjan Shah, former secretary, BCCI.

"If an umpire falls into a trap, he is in trouble especially if he is a loud mouth," said Shah, a senior member of the Board.

When asked if Indian umpires need to be addressed on the issue as the matter is growing serious every day, Shah said the umpires are responsible themselves, and when such an issue crops up, they should not fall prey for money.

"I don't think a separate chat is necessary. Every umpire is responsible and when the question of match-fixing comes up, it is very obvious that they should not fall for such things. They need not be educated since integrity is the first requirement of umpires."

On Wednesday, ICC suspended 6 Asian umpires - Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka who were allegedly involved in fixing decisions, sharing team news, playing conditions in exchange for money.

Given the current scenario, spot fixing and match fixing have grown by leaps and bounds, irrespective of International Cricket Council's rules and regulations, players, umpires have been involved in fixing decisions.


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