15 Apr 2013

Pakistan bans cricket umpires for corruption

12:20 pm on 15 April 2013

Pakistan cricket authorities have banned two umpires, including one international, after finding them guilty of being willing to spot-fix in return for money.

Nadeem Ghauri, who stood in five Tests, 43 one-day and four Twenty20 internationals was suspended for four years while domestic first-class umpire Anis Siddiqui received a three-year penalty.

The Pakistan Cricket Board announced the measures after a private India TV channel aired footage in October in which a number of umpires faced questions from undercover reporters asking if they would give decisions in return for cash.

The PCB said in a statement that Ghauri, 50, straight away agreed to extend undue favours for material gains, therefore, he cannot be cleared to officiate matches for a period of four years.

However, it noted that Siddiqui resisted their demands repeatedly, but finally conceded to them on their persistence.

The umpires caught up in the sting included the two from Pakistan, three from Sri Lanka and Nadir Shah of Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board last month banned Shah, also an international umpire, for ten years after he appeared to show he was willing to give lbw (leg before wicket) decisions in return for cash.

Sri Lanka Cricket's inquiry against their umpires Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston, Sagara Gallage is still pending.

Ghauri maintains he was never involved in any sort of corruption as player or as umpire.

He featured in one Test and six one-day internationals for Pakistan as a player in 1989-90.