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Updated: October 11, 2012 00:55 IST

ICC suspends six umpires

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Pakistan umpire Nadeem Ghauri. File photo
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Pakistan umpire Nadeem Ghauri. File photo

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday suspended the six umpires caught in a TV sting, which alleged that they were willing to fix Twenty20 matches, pending the completion of an inquiry against them.

“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.

The channel had shown video clips purportedly taken by their undercover reporters, in which the umpires were shown to be allegedly willing to give certain decisions in exchange for money.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ajith Jayasekara said that they are studying the tapes of the sting operation and the local anti-corruption unit will work with the ICC in the investigations.

The six umpires, who are purportedly shown in the TV sting willing to fix matches, were Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka.

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It is tragic. The "Lure of Lucre" is so powerful and all pervasive today that no act seems secure from its influence. Betting huge sums of money has commercialized sports so much that we find it difficult to believe if the happenings on the cricket field are genuine or just 'fixed fakes'. After being an ardent fan of cricket for more than 30 years, I have stopped watching it since 2000.

from:  Poligar
Posted on: Oct 12, 2012 at 04:24 IST

Instances of match-fixing brought to public gaze, every now and then, by the vigilant media are tending to create a sort of disinterest in the minds of the millions of cricket fans who have all along been giving the game enormous support, morally and financially. Initially, the suspicion was about the involvement of some players but it has now come to light that some of the umpires too had a role in match-fixing. The lust for amassing wealth has not spared anyone. It is in the fitness of things that the suspected unpires have been suspended. The culprits should be punished severely to ensure that the game does not loose its charm

from:  K.D.Viswanaathan
Posted on: Oct 12, 2012 at 03:15 IST
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