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

“The ICC and its relevant full member boards have agreed not to appoint any of the umpires named in the 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 which employ and nominate the umpires directly will conduct the investigations as a matter of urgency,” it added.

The channel broadcast 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.

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

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