Sri Lanka and Pakistan launch investigation into umpire corruption

Pakistan : As news of match-fixing among umpires rocked the cricketing world on Monday, Sri Lanka Cricket and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have begun an investigation into the matter.

SLC chief executive Ajith Jayasekara while talking to ESPNcricinfo said, “Initial investigations are being carried out by our anti-corruption unit.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the PCB stated, “We are in contact with ICC and carrying out a detailed investigation into the matter. For us it is just a TV report. We have sought the details involved in the matter and it is too early to say anything. The PCB maintains that we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of corruption in cricket at any level.”

On Monday, India TV, alleged that it had run a sting operation to offer payments to umpires from Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in order for them to give decisions in favour of certain players.

The exposé revealed that most of the umpires were willing to give such decisions. According to the channel, the sting operation was carried out via Skype, where undercover reporters introduced themselves as representative of a sports management company.

However, the umpires, who have been accused by the channel have denied the allegations and have insisted that they never agreed to take any payments from anyone.

Umpire Nadir Shah from Bangladesh denying his involvement in match-fixing said, “I was taken to Delhi to sign a contract for umpiring in the Sri Lanka Premier League. But when I saw these people making match-fixing approaches, I backed off. I didn’t do any SLPL matches, as you must know.”

Pakistan’s Nadeem Ghauri has also denied any wrong doing, and according to him he has provided all the relevant information to the PCB regarding his interaction with the undercover reporters.

International Cricket Council (ICC) has also pledged to launch its own investigation into the matter, asking the Indian channel to provided further evidence in this matter.

The umpires accused by India TV did not officiate in the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

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