Six cricket umpires accused of corruption
Updated: Tuesday, 09 Oct 2012 10:10
Cricket's world governing body, the ICC, has confirmed that it is urgently investigating allegations of corruption made by an Indian television news channel against ICC umpires.
India TV named six officials it claimed were willing to fix matches for money in the build-up to the World Twenty20.
The ICC today urged the private station to hand over any documents which could help its probe into the allegations, while reiterating its zero-tolerance stance towards corruption and stressing none of the umpires named were involved in the recently-concluded World Twenty20.
An ICC statement read: "The ICC and its relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India TV this evening and calls on the station to turnover any information which can assist the ICC's urgent investigations into this matter.
"The ICC re-iterates its zero-tolerance towards corruption whether alleged against players or officials. The ICC confirms that none of the umpires named were involved in any of the official games of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
"The ICC will not make any further comment on this issue."
"None of the umpires named were involved in any of the official games of the ICC World Twenty20" - ICC
It is not the first controversy to hit cricket in recent years.
Pakistan internationals Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in 2011 after being found guilty of bowling deliberate no-balls in a Test match.
In June this year Danish Kaneria was handed a life suspension and labelled "a grave danger to the game of cricket" by the England and Wales Cricket Board after being found guilty of two charges of ECB regulations.
Kaneria's former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who in February was sentenced to four months in prison after admitting a spot-fixing charge at the Old Bailey, was given a five-year ban after pleading guilty to one offence.