ICC asks cricket board to suspend umpires

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 10, 2012 23:54 hrs

New Delhi, Oct 10 (IBNS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) and its three members board of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, has decided to suspend the umpires named in the TV sting operation in any domestic or international tournaments pending investogation.

"The International Cricket Council (ICC) and its relevant Full Member Boards have agreed not to appoint any of the umpires named in a 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 ICC said in a statement.

ICC have also asked the cricket boards of Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh to conduct an investigation at the earliest.

"The officials named are not contracted by the ICC and those Boards who employ and nominate the umpires directly will conduct the investigations as a matter of urgency," it further added.

A sting operation aired by Indian news channel India TV claimed that the umpires were ready to accept money to influence their decisions on the field.

The six umpires in the sting operation were Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka.

The ICC has also launched an "urgent investigation" Monday following allegations by India TV.

The ICC has also asked India TV to hand over any evidence and documentation for its investigation, adding it "re-iterates its zero-tolerance toward corruption whether alleged against players or officials."

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