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ICC suspends umpires accused of spot-fixing


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“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,” the ICC said in a statement .     —File Photo by Reuters

KARACHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to suspended all six umpires accused of spot-fixing by an Indian tv channel on Wednesday, DawnNews reported.

“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.

An Indian private television channel, on October 8, aired a video and published a report on its website, where it claims to have carried out a sting operation revealing the involvement of umpires from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in match-fixing.

Footage screened on the Hindi-language India TV on Monday showed what the news channel said was officials from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka negotiating deals with under-cover reporters to affect the outcome of matches.

Pakistan's Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka's Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage were all seen agreeing to give favourable decisions in exchange for umpiring contracts and money.

Umpires at the centre of bribery claims denied, on Tuesday, that they were willing to fix matches for cash as cricket authorities announced an urgent probe into the allegations aired in a television sting.

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Comments (16) Closed

Usman Rana
Oct 10, 2012 01:53pm
You're right but they are suspects. Whenever someone is a suspect usually all of his/her responsibilities are taken way until thecase is resolved. That is the code of conduct anywhere in the world.
Omar Rathore
Oct 11, 2012 09:19am
Asian teams are the target of ICC from a long time and now they start accusing asian umpires as well. It is the cheapest way to balckmail a person as indian media is doing.
Oct 10, 2012 05:17pm
Dr Abdus ahmadi muslim who won nobel prize....and i am proud of him....i dont know about other pakistanies...
Oct 10, 2012 08:52pm
The charges against these upmires should be investigated and a trial needs to be run to give a chance to these suspects to either come out clean or be found guilty. This is how the law works,
Oct 10, 2012 12:57pm
What is wrong with this nation? Is there ANY area or avenue where u can be proud of? Any scientific achievement? Any nobel prize winner? Any area where there is no corruption? Don't u guys have any shame at all?
Oct 10, 2012 09:40pm
What a surprise, NO Indian accused
Oct 10, 2012 08:51pm
what a cowardly comment and that too hiding behind an alias, you are most shameless,
Oct 11, 2012 09:02am
i dont know why pakistan and corruption goes hand-in-hand .
Critic Observer
Oct 11, 2012 08:49am
Seems like it was pre planned not to take indian umpires as the under cover operation was to take place those particular leagues!!!
Oct 10, 2012 11:14am
How much humiliation do these people want to cause to the whole nation. Watching a cheat and convicted criminal Salman But giving opinions was insulting enough for people of Pakistan. Now it is the umpires. I am ashamed to be a Pakistani.
Oct 10, 2012 10:05am
yeah there were none ...... deal with it !!!
Oct 10, 2012 10:04am
Ya did... but did you care to notice that there were no Indian umpires in SLPL and BPL, the time when this Sting happened.
Oct 10, 2012 08:25pm
After such incidents there will always be denials such as..... this never happend or the americans are behind etc etc instead of facing the problem
Oct 10, 2012 09:58am
Anyone else notice that no Indian umpires were included in this sting operation??
Oct 10, 2012 12:15pm
I think ICC has acted bit hurriedly in this case since accused is presumed to be innocent unless proved otherwise.
Cyrus Howell
Oct 10, 2012 10:55am
Right or wrong this is not going to hurt the game. It is going to help the game, even if it only makes these umpires think twice about fixing matches. If you are betting on runs in a match it can make a big difference who gets the money.