ICC sidelines ‘stung’ umpires

The umpires implicated in a match fixing sting on India TV this week have been sidelined from any domestic or international matches pending investigations into the allegations, as the scandal drags into a third day.

The ICC released a statement on Wednesday saying the umpires identified in the sting are not contracted by the ICC and that those national boards who employ and nominate the umpires directly — Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — had agreed not to appoint them to any matches while their investigations continued.

The ICC launched an "urgent investigation'' on Monday following allegations by India TV that purportedly exposed six international level umpires as corrupt. The umpires have denied the allegations.

The ICC has also asked the TV station to hand over any evidence and documentation for its investigation, adding it "re-iterates its zero-tolerance toward corruption.''

India TV said three of the umpires agreed to give favorable decisions, including in a warm-up match for the World T20. Another was filmed in the sting promising to "revolt'' against Sri Lankan cricket, and the fifth official was willing to ensure decisions would be given in favor of India. It is not clear what tournament or matches the two umpires were referring to.

The sixth umpire reportedly shared the pitch and toss reports as well as playing line-ups for the warm-up match between England and Australia on September 17 in exchange for Rs 50,000.

The story was still making headlines in Bangladesh on Wednesday, and across the cricket world.

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