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ICC to probe spot fixing by alleged umpires: Rajiv Shukla

New Delhi, Tue, 09 Oct 2012 NI Wire

Commenting upon the latest scandal exposed in a sting operation in which five umpires have been allegedly shown interested in spot fixing, the Vice President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rajiv Shukla, Tuesday said that the investigation against international umpires is in the domain of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Shukla said that ICC would take appropriate action if the umpires were found guilty.

"As far as this issue is concerned, the issue is in the domain of ICC and they will be taking whatever action is required. I do not think it has anything to do with BCCI. The whole issue is in regards to.... international umpires other than Indian umpires," said Shukla.

"So, the ICC has to take a call on it and they will be taking appropriate action whenever it requires," he added.

Shukla, who is also the chairman of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), further said that the motive of BCCI is to ensure clean cricket.

"Our job is to you know, keep the game clean. Whenever we find anything is reported to BCCI we immediately take action," he said.

A latest sting operation has revealed that six umpires were ready to be bribed during the recently concluded Twenty20 World Cup and Sri Lanka Premier League in August.

India TV, which had earlier conducted a sting operation on corruption in India's domestic circuit, has come up with another footage showing six umpires from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, willing to give wrong decisions during a game.

The umpires are Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka's Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage.

In the sting operation, conducted in July and August, the reporters said they belonged to a sports management company and promised the umpires assignments in different events around the world, largely domestic Twenty20 leagues.

While Ghauri and Shah appeared to agree to give wrong decisions, Gallage was ready to pass on information about the toss, the pitch and weather conditions in a match before it was available to the public.

The International Cricket Council has launched an investigation into the allegations made by the channel.

--With ANI Inputs--

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