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ICC suspends umpires accused of spot-fixing

Published Oct 10, 2012 08:01am

“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.