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PCB bans Test umpire Nadeem Ghauri on corruption charges

Published Apr 13, 2013 07:24pm


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Nadeem Ghauri. -File photo

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board suspended international umpire Nadeem Ghauri for four years on Saturday for agreeing to “extend undue favors for material gain” during a sting operation carried out by a Indian television channel last year.    

The PCB said that Ghauri, who officiated in five tests, 43 one-day internationals and four Twenty20s, will not be considered for any appointment during the length of his ban.

Domestic umpire Anis Siddique was banned for three years after the integrity committee felt he initially resisted the offers during the same sting operation “but finally conceded to them on their persistence.”

The PCB formed an inquiry committee soon after the sting operation alleged Pakistani umpires were engaged in corruption last October. The committee also received unedited video footage from the Indian TV station and information from the International Cricket Council.

Both umpires submitted statements and were cross-examined by the committee, which included PCB official and former captain and coach Intikhab Alam.

“Both umpires failed to exercise caution and sound judgment, which resulted in their entrapment in the said sting operation,” the PCB statement said.

“The submissions made by both umpires failed to corroborate/correlate with the contents of the authenticated video footage.”

The committee's recommendations were given to PCB's integrity committee, which met on Saturday under board chairman Zaka Ashraf.

The integrity committee members said “they were of the unanimous view that substantial incriminating material was available on record suggestive of the fact that both the umpires were willing to compromise their integrity in discharge of their professional duties.”

Ashraf said the PCB has a zero-tolerance policy for corruption or indiscipline.

“We are committed on creating awareness amongst our players and officials with regards to the possible pitfalls, and are determined to adopt all vigilance and security parameters, which are in line with the laid out procedures of the ICC,” he said.

“Today's decision reiterates the commitment of the PCB to keep our great sport free of all corrupt practices.”

Last month, Bangladesh's cricket board banned umpire Nadir Shah for 10 years on similar charges of corruption.    Several first class umpires from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh were allegedly exposed in the Indian TV sting operation, in which the reporters claimed to be from a sports management company.

Sri Lanka Cricket has yet to start investigating the matter.


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Mustafa Apr 13, 2013 02:48pm
No doubt why any Indian umpire was not investigated. India being the hub of illegal betting needs to be investigated by ICC.
ammariftikhar Apr 13, 2013 02:51pm
QUESTION MARK Why we don't see any sting operations against Indian player/umpires, even we found that Football is been subject to gigantic match fixing affecting all the clubs & teams (remember no name has been disclosed yet) and now we certainly know that Indian Premier League is the epicenter of open gambling & black money.
PakFan Apr 13, 2013 04:06pm
I personally think he should have been ban for life to set an example for others.
Rehan Ghazi Apr 13, 2013 05:28pm
I think the decision against Nadeem Ghauri is very unjust. I have watched a lot of his matches, where he had been officiating and he appears to be a man of integrity. I am afraid, PCB had bowed under the media pressure and they have made a scapegoat out of Nadeem Ghauri. It really makes me quite upset. Unfortunate.
waiguoren Apr 13, 2013 05:56pm
Indian TV forget to investigate Married Umpire with nonfamous indian model. what he was doing with her . and what she was doing with married man in the hotel room.. PERHAPS DISCUSSING PITCH FIELD DEPTHS and DIMENSIONS.
Khalid Apr 13, 2013 06:40pm
How strange that the same PCB did almost nothing to the cheats and criminals like Asif, Salman and Amir. I was shocked to see Salman But on a TV channel giving his "professional opinion". These people should never be allowed to have anything with cricket, ever. When are we going to learn that these people have brought Pakistan and Pakistanis to disrepute. These people were allowed to represent Pakistan and should be ashamed of their actions.......Treason comes to mind too....
Shafi Apr 13, 2013 06:48pm
Great1 Same should be happening to corrupt politicians and law makers.
Nasr Apr 13, 2013 07:05pm
What a shame? Why in our country judgers and decision makers act such? Is to be rich in one night is the only thing in this world?
Indain Apr 13, 2013 07:49pm
When you do the crime you should spend the time,good that these empires are suspended ,it is very ironic that in the Indain subcontinent only Bangladeshi,Sri Lank-an,and Pakistani official were involved in corruption no Indain official yet to be charge in these allegation the Indains must be so perfect they should be equal to an Angles in making any mistake.The perfect India.??????????????????
HNY2013 Apr 13, 2013 09:25pm
Ashraf said the PCB has a zero-tolerance policy for corruption or indiscipline. Hail Hail.............thunderous applause
junaid Apr 13, 2013 09:59pm
This should have been a lifetime ban. First strike should be so hard that other officials and players get a lesson from it. Thank God, finaly, we have our own system of uprooting the corruption. It definately shows our love for the sport of cricket.
Yankee Cricket Fan Apr 14, 2013 05:04am
I have not seen the video, but I laugh as I read this article. The umpires are banned for agreeing to
mohit Apr 14, 2013 05:52am
Its not new thing in pakistan cricket. right from top management to root staff there is corruption. everyone players, umpires are involved in corruption. they sell thier dignity.
dialogueforpeacei Apr 14, 2013 08:14am
National disgrace on international stage
Ravi Apr 14, 2013 01:55pm
Answer is very simple. India is the superpower in ICC. 74% of the money to ICC comes from India. Pakistan cricket needs some foreign help. Every Country wants to play IPL for the money. Pakistan batsman, bowler and now even UMPIRE is taking money illegally. NOW you can make your own decision.