A television sting operation on Monday claimed to have uncovered six international umpires allegedly willing to fix matches for money in the just concluded Twenty20 World Cup and Sri Lanka Premier League.
India TV showed video clips, purportedly taken by its undercover reporters, in which the umpires were shown to be allegedly willing to give certain decisions in exchange for money.
The umpires who are purportedly shown as willing to fix matches are Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka.
While Mr. Ghauri and Mr. Shah have rubbished the allegations, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mustafa Kamal said the matter would be investigated.
The International Cricket Council said its members had been made aware of the allegations and asked the channel to turn over any information which could assist it in urgent investigations. In a statement, the ICC reiterated its zero tolerance of corruption whether alleged against players or officials. It said none of the umpires named was involved in any of the official games of the ICC World Twenty20, which ended on Sunday.
Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India TV, said the channel would be open to any inquiry or public scrutiny of its work if the authenticity of the tapes was in question.