Sting on umpires: Channel says it is ready for legal action

The channel that conducted the sting operation on the umpires willing to fix decision in leagues like Sri Lankan Premier League says it is ready for any lawsuit.

updated: October 10, 2012 12:39 IST
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New Delhi: The TV channel that conducted the sting operation on six umpires, and allegedly caught them on camera agreeing to change their decisions for money, says it is ready for the legal action from the umpires.

India TV allegedly found six umpires were willing to give 'favourable' decisions or provide inside information on teams and playing conditions in return for illicit payments. In the sting, Pakistan umpire Nadeem Ghauri agreed to give LBW decisions on demand, Sri Lankan umpire Sagar Gallage agreed to part with pitch information one and a half hours before the game, Bangladesh umpire Nadir Shah agreed to warn bowlers unfairly. (Read:Six umpires allegedly caught in TV sting, ICC launches probe)

The umpires are now considering legal action saying that it was all propaganda against them. Pakistan's Nadir Shah said any suggestion he was open to bribery was "absolutely rubbish". "If I am going to fix match, I will be caught some day by the ICC... no umpire fixes matches," he told the Press Trust of India.

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