Bangladesh ban umpire Nadir Shah for 10 years

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 13:35 hrs

The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday banned international umpire Nadir Shah for 10 years after a sting operation by an Indian television channel found him apparently willing to fix matches for cash.

"Umpire Nadir Shah will not be considered for BCB retainership for 10 years," the board said in a statement. "During this period he will not be eligible for any assignment under the jurisdiction of the BCB."

The announcement comes after the private India TV channel aired footage last October which appeared to show that the 49-year-old Shah was willing to give LBW (leg before wicket) decisions on demand.

Shah, who has stood in 40 one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals, was one of six umpires caught in the undercover investigation, including three from Sri Lanka and two from Pakistan.

The allegations were broadcast only days after the final of the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka.

Shah could not be contacted for comment after the BCB's announcement. He has previously branded the suggestion that he was open to bribery as "absolutely rubbish".

However, the BCB has cleared umpire Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat of any misconduct and was therefore eligible to undertake match officiating assignments/duties under the BCB's jurisdiction immediately.

The ICC Chief Executive David Richardson welcomed the move by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

"Although the ICC was not directly involved in these cases, it notes the findings by the BCB in relation to Mr Shah and Mr Saikat, and notes the sanction imposed upon Mr Shah," said Richardson.

"The ICC takes no pleasure from the fact that an umpire has been found to have acted inappropriately and sanctioned accordingly, however, the decision reflects the commitment of the ICC and its Members to root out corruption from our Great Sport.

"This decision also reiterates cricket's zero-tolerance approach towards corruption and should serve as a reminder to all stakeholders, be they umpires, players, curators or administrators of the risks and challenges the sport faces. We can only beat the corruptors by remaining vigilant and by following the procedures and protocols which are in place," he concluded.

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