Umpires have hit back after India TV said it had exposed six leading cricket umpires who would fix matches for money.
IBN-Live’s Cricket Next carried a report which quoted Nadir Shah, one of the umpires under question as saying, “Absolutely rubbish. If I am going to fix match, I will be caught some day by the ICC. No umpire fixes matches.”
The TV channel broadcast clips of umpires who faced undercover reporters asking them whether they would take money for a decision.
Two of the umpires are from Pakistan, three from Sri Lanka and the sixth was Shah, who has officiated in 40 ODIs.
India TV Chairman Rajat Sharma said that the sting was authentic: “We stand by our story because we have everything on tape and we have the proof,” he said.
Following the revelation, the ICC said in a statement that they had asked for the recordings as part of an investigation into the controversy.
“The ICC reiterates its zero tolerance towards corruption whether alleged against players or officials,” it said.
None of the umpires were part of the recently-concluded World T20.
You can read the full report here.