Match-fixing row: Six umpires allegedly caught in TV sting, ICC launches probe

A television channel has allegedly caught six umpires from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh on camera, willing to fix matches for money during matches in the three months before September's World T20 tournament.

updated: October 10, 2012 12:59 IST
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New Delhi: An Indian news channel has purportedly caught on camera six ICC umpires from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh agreeing to help certain players, fix decisions as well provide pitch and team information predominantly in the Sri Lanka Premier League. None of these umpires are part of the ICC's international or elite panel and there was no money exchange on camera.

The six umpires that TV channel India TV alleges have been exposed in the sting - they have named it "Operation World Cup" - are Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka. The news channel has said in release that a seventh umpire Sharfudoullah Shahid Saikat of Bangladesh refused to take money to fix decisions.

India TV had earlier this year done a sting operation to allegedly expose corruption in India's domestic cricket circuit. This time the channel said it had conducted six stings.

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