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Cricket umpires involved in fixing, claims Indian TV; ICC to investigate

Published Oct 08, 2012 04:20pm


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ICC umpires have been named in the alleged match-fixing sting by an Indian television channel. – File photo by Reuters

KARACHI: An Indian private television channel, on Monday, aired a video and published a reported 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.

The report by India TV names Pakistani umpires Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui; Bangladeshi umpire Nadir Shah and Sri Lankan umpires Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage among those who agreed to reveal crucial information and ‘fix’ umpiring decisions in exchange for money.

ICC seeks evidence The International Cricket Council, in a statement released late Monday, said that it has asked the channel to provide any proof showing the involvement of its officials in the corruption of the game.

“The ICC and its relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India TV this evening and calls on the station to turnover any information which can assist the ICC’s urgent investigations into this matter,” cricket’s governing body said.

“The ICC confirms that none of the umpires named were involved in any of the official games of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.”

Pakistani umpires named “Nadeem Ghauri agreed to help Team India in all manners. As quid pro quo, he agreed to take all amounts underhand in “black.” He promised to do any kind of favour for any player in umpiring,” the report said of the Pakistani umpire, who is part of the ICC international panel of umpires.

Ghauri, a former cricketer from Lahore, has officiated five Test matches, four Twenty20 internationals and 43 one-day international matches. He began his umpiring career in 2000 and last officiated in Pakistan’s limited-overs series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates in 2010.

Of Anees Siddiqui, the report said: “Anees Siddiqui was also ready to get a decision in favour of Team India in lieu of money. He told the undercover India TV reporter that he wanted the entire amount in ‘black.’  Anees promised that he would manage the Pakistan Cricket Board to accept a decision favourable to India.”

Siddiqui is on Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) elite panel of umpires and has been officiating since 2008.

Sri Lankan involvement The report goes on to say that Sri Lanka’s Gallage agreed to give information regarding pitch and conditions, toss and team sheets prior to the final of the Sri Lankan Premier League final played last month.

“For a payment of Rs 50,000, Sagara agreed to reveal the match pitch report, weather report, toss report, and even the playing elevens of both teams,” the report claims.

Galage, according to the report, also promised to give Pakistan batsman Imran Nazir out, even if he was not out, in exchange of money in Sri Lankan Premier League.

The Sri Lankan umpire was part of the official panel of the Pakistan-India match during the per-tournament warm up stages of the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 2012.

The report says that Galage “promised the undercover reporter to get a decision made in favour of India in course of the match by ‘managing’ the match referee and other officials.” New Zealand’s Billy Bowden and England’s Nigel Long were the on-field umpires for the September 17 match.

Umpires were suspicious of offer Pertinently, cricket website ESPNCricinfo has said that it was approached by two of the six named umpires, who said that they were in talks with a “sports management company” which had offered them generous deals for being part of an upcoming cricket tournament. Interestingly, the umpires held online video conversations with the said company and while the umpires had their cameras on and were showing their faces, the “company” representatives chose to hide their identity and held the conversation without showing their faces.

This report also adds that one of the umpires had suspected the intentions of this deal and the company behind it.

Reports in the Pakistani media have questioned the exclusion of Indian umpires from this sting operation, while accusations have been made that it may be an attempt to malign the Pakistani officials.

In May, the same television channel’s sting operation prompted the Indian cricket board to ban one uncapped cricketer for life and hand out lesser punishments to four others for involvement in corruption in domestic cricket.


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Fareed Oct 08, 2012 07:18pm
IPL has huge amount of funds and feeds the ICC up to the throat. That is the reason Suresh Raina was let off the hook. Unfortunately at the time of Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, and Manoj Prabarkhar, there was no IPL.
Amin Hussain Oct 08, 2012 05:26pm
Would be big news if it came from somewhere credible....
Ali Khan Oct 08, 2012 07:38pm
exclusion of the Indians make this whole thing dubious!!!!!!!!!
rez Oct 08, 2012 07:20pm
The grapes are sour for the Indians and their media since they could not get to the semi finals so now they come up with this ridiculous news, the best part is none of the umpires were officiating so where is the sting ? except the sting of failure
rez Oct 08, 2012 07:23pm
DUH none of these umpires were umpiring in t20 either Oct 08, 2012 07:13pm
Because Indian did not qualify semi final as usual now they have to accuse Empire to justify there existence. This is crap and BCCI tricks.
sparky singh Oct 08, 2012 07:05pm
I would not rely on an India TV report at all. The channel is otherwise occupied with stories about chudail (witches), and other religious superstitions.
Akhatr Oct 08, 2012 06:59pm
It means that whole Team India was involved in match fixixng if this report is true. Ban all of them, the umpires and Team India.
raja hindustani Oct 08, 2012 05:22pm
what is your excuse BTW for pakistan exit?? :)
IMran,azamgardh(india) Oct 09, 2012 04:09am
Azhar, jadeja and prabhakar were involved in match fixing. Raina was not. and i want to know when raina was involved in match fixing?? Yes Ipl has brought wealth to india. But BCCI is concerned more about checking western boards like england and australia, not paki board. Thus bringing balance in international cricket. Pakistan can too take advantage but they have to cooperate peacefully. This will aslo help pakistan in earning big money thus avoiding its players from fixing matches.
Muhammad Fraz Ajmal Oct 09, 2012 01:06am
Wow, only Pakistani Srilankan and Bangladeshi. Indians should focus on criticizing their team rather than other countries' umpires, that too falsely.
Iqbal Hussain Oct 08, 2012 08:41pm
This is just ridiculous. DAWN should not print such news and should not even ask readers for their comments. Iqbal Hussain. (USA)
xmuslim Oct 08, 2012 09:02pm
How come PCB does not have funds?
Raja Oct 08, 2012 09:08pm
This report is only because India did not reach the final! Did anyone hear about a similar report after the World Cup last year which India won? I didn't.. They really need to learn how to accept defeat.
Reveller Oct 09, 2012 01:15am
Looks like either you don't understand English or you simply chose NOT to read the article carefully. I don't see any other reasons behind your ludicrous comments.
dilshad Oct 09, 2012 11:15am
cricketers and umpires from poor country wants money which u can not give to your players and umpires so what they do.
Keen Observer Oct 08, 2012 11:01pm
Whether it was an Indian conspiracy or mere biased selection of facts against all but Indians, my concern is from a pakistan's perspective first and as a lover of game of cricket second.Saving its integrity and cleaning our house is what we need to do. I want the media to bring these Pakistani Umpires and ask them how they defend themselves from the evidence presented in these allegation. For God sake lets not put Sarfaraz on screen and let him make fool of himself. We need to fix our home first, and get out of these self pitty, and victimized mentality. Worse is that Indian TV might be conspiring against the rest of the asian cricket world, but it is indirectly a favor for us to reform our society. Lets accept it, we have a corrupt society and it is not all because of India or USA. It is us. May God help us and guide us and give us the ability to introspect. aameen
Mandeep Oct 09, 2012 10:12pm
Jameel, do you really understand the issue ? The sting operation is not about T20 matches. No one casting doubts about T20. On one hand you claim Nasir was wrongly adjudged out, why dont you welcome the probe ? Indian fans are not suffering. We defeated you and you didnt win the cup so it is not directed against you. You are not that important. Also, the indian players involved were banned and never played for India again. That is end of story unlike you who raise bogey of match fixing in every match and continue to support same players.
cyar ali shah Oct 08, 2012 05:22pm
If everything plotted in India then how's it possible that Indians are not involved... or what are the Indian the most innocent in the world...?? If all this is wrong then why BCCI is so opposed of umpire review system???
dilshad Oct 09, 2012 04:20am
try if u have potential.
MANISH Oct 09, 2012 04:25am
any links. sir?
Mols Khanna Oct 09, 2012 04:25am
Hah Hah Haaa! Good Comment!:):):):)
Jameel from Pakistan Oct 09, 2012 04:33am
It was Nasir Jamshed who was given out wrongly but Pakistan refrain from crying over wrong decision. I request Indians to accept defeat humbly. Win or Lose is part of the game. I know it is hard to swallow a type of defeat, which India media projected a win for India soon before T20 started. Wrong mind set and jumping to the conclusion are the hobbies of India media, which results fans to suffer more. Now the same media has broadcast a new fixing news about umpires and bluntly forgot the fixing allegations of their own team players, which too was broadcast by India media. Perhaps memory loss.
Ajay Oct 09, 2012 04:15am
How did you reach this masterful conclusion?? Did it mention that Indian players were negotiating with umpires? Did you read the part where it says it was a STING? which indian players were not even in the know of. Can't you put your india hatred for a moment and think objectively. Last year they did similar sting on Indian domestic umpires also. They were found guilty and banned by BCCI.
GoodCop Oct 09, 2012 02:30pm
It was not Rohit Sharma..It was Rahul Sharma. Him and Parnell played from Pune Warriors. Dhoni and Co was never accused of match fixing..Get your facts straight..Also I wouldn't read much into the news by India TV..This channel doesn't look very reliable..
Shankar Oct 09, 2012 04:06am
We should avoid the temptation to shoot the messenger!
Syed Oct 08, 2012 10:34pm
Then what is the problem with UDRS?
Rahul Oct 09, 2012 03:16am
Asian cricket tainted again... We seriously have no right to point fingers on white players and boards now for unfair treatment of Asian players :(
Zia Khan Oct 08, 2012 11:54pm
Probably, Indian Team Officials have been negotiating with the wrong guys to fix matches in their favour. West Indies have snatched the victory. Indians should accept it and move on.
Tushar Oct 09, 2012 05:10am
No Indian Umpires are in elite pannel?
Omar Oct 08, 2012 10:32pm
The question is who is acting on behalf of indian cricket team to do favors. Looks like the biggest culprit is India itself.
raju Oct 08, 2012 10:32pm
All you guys have gone into a panic mode, first read the report properly.
Mandeep Oct 08, 2012 11:29pm
Suresh Raina had no case against him. If you have evidence please share it with ICC.
abdulazeez Oct 09, 2012 05:01am
you mean pakistan won T20 world cup 2012
Mandeep Oct 08, 2012 11:28pm
Don`t apply your thnking to Indians. It has nothing to do with India. When you know none of these umpires officiated in any of the T20 matches where comes the question of blaming umpiring ? By the way It is Pakistanis, more than anyone else who discredit the ICC and blame match fixing. Maximum allegations of match fixing have emerged from Pakistan. As far as discrediting game or ICC is concerned Ajmal`s not getting award and Pakistan`s loss to India in semifinal (ODI World Cup) are examples. On the other hand India blamed its players for debalce in Australia and England. Also, same channel had sometime back exposed some IPL players in sting operation and those players were banned. First know the facts before throwing your opinions. As far as your bragging about reaching semifinals is concerned, you know you could not defeat India so there is no question of India being jealous.
Muhammad Asif Oct 09, 2012 05:43am
umpires named in the report didn't officiate any matches in those events as well.
Mandeep Oct 08, 2012 11:33pm
Yes. Infact you forgetting everything that neither Rohit Sharma not Dhoni and company were ever named in any match fixing saga. PLease enlighten us with who levelled the charges and what were the charges ?
Vineet Bahl Oct 09, 2012 12:49am
Ok, I will give you a two very good reasons why no Indian umpire was caught in this sting. Crime & Corruption comes from vast gap between peoples income forcing people to cross the line of morals to bridge the gap between the rich and poor. Thanks to IPL, BCCI and Indian Cricket Fanatics Indian Umpires are paid better(more matches+More payout per match) than people in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. India TV exploited this vast gap in income to there advantage. If they had offered more money they could have perhaps got an Indian/Australian umpire to go corrupt as well. A Sachin Tendulkar or Imran Khan will never fix a match because they already were getting money by staying honest. However, people working along with them would go corrupt. Reduce the gap between Rich and Poor all crimes reduce. But what I said no one will agree with because this is not politically, religiously and economically correct.
Mandeep Oct 08, 2012 11:36pm
Really ? I hope you were not born after you lost semi-final match in Mohali or you forgot to read this paper and comments of angry Pakistani fans. No one in the world complains more than Pakistanis, and all the match fixing allegations come from Pakistani fans.
Indian2905 Oct 09, 2012 05:59am
Dude I think you were in hurry so wasn't go through the whole article . Its really flabbergasted what you have analyzed . Why you think that Cricket is every thing in India ? It's Ok.. they kicked out from WCT20 so you do , It's a game only . But its not mean that we are going to invent new conspiracy theory for that or against Pakistan .This is the same news channel who exposed Two IPL players against fixing . And ICC and BCCI asked him for tape so I guess they are not dumb ? Don't forget its the same ICC Anti Corruption commission who asked some tough question to Mh. Ameer and others ( Fixer ) .
SHAB KHAN Oct 09, 2012 11:48am
INDIA TV . this channel have large team of animator to animate any videos to make sensation. why the sting operation was carried on these unknown umpires?ask any indian or see the trp rating of india tv you will know the truth if it also doesnt works atleast watch india tv you will know the truth. please Dawn stop focusing on the sting operation of these low category,irresponsible and sensation loving channel.
Shankar Oct 09, 2012 03:48am
There are no umpires in ICC panel from India, I think.
Keen Observer Oct 10, 2012 02:58am
Just because news is not there does'nt mean they are not. Just read the postings carefully, almost everybody already have given the verdict on Pakistan, Umpires, and others. Result of this investigations are also fixed by the spectators.
umar Oct 09, 2012 02:52pm
srinivasa kumar mn Oct 08, 2012 06:39pm
Correct your information first. its not umpire review system, its decision review system (DRS).. and moreover it is irrelevant to the current topic, as it includes technology, no human interference.............
Ambreen Oct 08, 2012 06:06pm
Excuses are required by those who perform below par. Your team has been playing IPL and better exposure than any team in the world still you couldn't make it to semi finals. I know it will be difficult for you to digest but truth is always bitter so live with it :)
Pavas Ambashta Oct 08, 2012 06:05pm
What is left to be fixed in cricket, the gentleman's game? Pitch fixed!! Players fixed!! Umpire fixed!! Only the spectators are yet to be fixed.. :(
BAHADURSINGH Oct 08, 2012 06:33pm
mineemotion Oct 08, 2012 06:00pm
Pakistan beat Australia by 32 runs and india beat South Africa by 1 run that is the difrence. Indian time pass bowlers.......
deicider Oct 08, 2012 05:37pm
UMM when did that ever happen.I have never heard this rumour before!
Kuldeep Sharma Oct 08, 2012 05:27pm
I doubt if you have gone through whole article
raja hindustani Oct 08, 2012 05:01pm
Its NOT India TV but Indian TV. There is such news in various English news channel
raja hindustani Oct 08, 2012 04:57pm
bro, No Indian umpire done any umpiring in that tournament. Why you people see every incident in India-Pakistan context. Nobody is saying Indian umpire can't be corrupt.
Anony Oct 08, 2012 04:57pm
India always looks for weird excuses. Learn to accept defeat instead of crying like babies.
Anony Oct 08, 2012 04:56pm
Well said.
Anony Oct 08, 2012 04:56pm
More excuses from India for their exit from the world T20.
krishna prasad Oct 08, 2012 05:52pm
Look at unethical practices in Cricket/sports and stem it out for everyone's good. It doesn't matter who it is and where he is from. A rotten apple in the best group can bring more damage but not less. Stamp it out. Let the legal system take care of it. Here, nations are not involved. It is the individual that needs correction and treatment/punishment. Let us not jump to conclusions, accusations and counter-accusations each time something appears. Please read Indian newspapers fully and find out how mighty rulers /elite politicians are ruining our country's economy and finances. I am disappointed seeing all this corruption in our country.
Cyrus Howell Oct 08, 2012 04:53pm
Match fixing by referees is always a danger to any sport, though most are honest. People who bet games and lose always claim the games are fixed. Fixing can exist in games were runs or point spreads are bet.
Prince Oct 08, 2012 04:46pm
I have a humble request to ICC first you go and investigate Suresh Riana Srilanka official give statment of his involment but sorry to say you can't because he is belong India and investagation only for Pakistan ...Pakistani Media should stop these news copy from Indian media why you always keen to involve Pakistan why you don't have other news you can put PTI peace march rally rather than this
Unnikrishnan Oct 08, 2012 04:42pm
India TV is full of such type of stories. Never rely on its reports
An Indian Oct 08, 2012 04:42pm
Indian umpires were not targeted because they were not involved in umpiring of both SLPL and T20 World Cup.
Tufal Oct 08, 2012 05:45pm
why is anyone surprised ?
Razor Oct 08, 2012 05:44pm
Haha what is a credible news for you? News from your news channels like Sama News or Express News? It has come from Times Now, one of Asias leading News channels. And ICC is investigating, so obviously its from a credible source.
HM, Canada Oct 08, 2012 04:38pm
So the Indian umpires are holly cow every one else is corrupt.
shriyansh Oct 08, 2012 04:31pm
Here you encourage to comment but finally what your system show "comment is closed" and even didn't show previous comment. In my view violating the "freedom of speech " right.
a Oct 08, 2012 04:22pm
ouff yaar, whenever india loses, matches are fixed, seriously, they remind of the the story of the boy who cried wolf. What about indian umpires and players?
Ch.subba Rao Oct 08, 2012 04:21pm
it is total shame that even umpires are not genuine,if it is true they should be punished severely.
Fen Tian Oct 08, 2012 05:41pm
What happened to Rohit Sharma and Parnwal Drug cheats and Dhoni& Company who were named on IPL Matching fixing saga? I am not sure whether any one of those cheats were punished? Am i forgetting something.
Ali Oct 08, 2012 05:38pm
We are not making any excuses...
Indian-Delhi Oct 08, 2012 06:07pm
personally frankly speaking i dont trust india tv news..this news chnll i really avoid....
Shahrukh Khan Oct 08, 2012 05:15pm
sure it seems that way. beacuse others were doing dirty job for them