Pakistani Umpire rejects Indian media allegations

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 11:24:08 by

Rejecting all allegations leveled by an Indian television channel about match fixing, Pakistani umpire Nadeem Ghauri has said that it was propaganda against him and there was not reality in the report.

Speaking to the media, the accused umpire said he had not been in the international panel for two years, adding that some people in India had been involved in blackmailing.

He made it clear that this dialogue process only took place during Sri Lankan Premier League and that the video was presented out of context. There is no truth in these charges, he insisted.

Earlier, an Indian TV channel aired footage showing umpires from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka negotiating deals with under-cover reporters to spot-fix matches.

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.

It is vital to mention here that the only Nadir Shah and Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid represent the current umpire panel of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The Indian TV, however, claimed that Sharfudoullah refused to give any favor in lieu of money offered by the undercover reporters.

But Shah, who has officiated in 40 one-day internationals and three T20 Internationals, was ready to fix any match at international or domestic level.

Shah also revealed that Pakistani batsman Nasir Jamshed fixed matches in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), the reported claimed.

During the reporter s conversation with Ghauri, a former ICC umpire from Pakistan, the latter promised to do anything for a payment. He has officiated in 43 ODIs and 14 Tests with his last international game back in November 2010.

The channel said Ghauri s countryman Siddiqui was also ready to get a decision in favour of India for money. Anees promised that he would manage the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to accept a decision favourable to India.

In another video of the sting, Sri Lankan umpire Gallage agreed to leak information on the pitch, weather, toss, and the playing elevens of India and Pakistan ahead of their World Twenty20 warm-up match Sep 17 for Rs.50, 000. He was the fourth umpire in the game.

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