Cricket Fixing Is Back

Umpires caught on tape fixing matches.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

The International Cricket Council has launched an immediate investigation into fresh allegations of match fixing after an Indian television station ran their own personal sting against a number of dirty umpires.

Umpires from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan have been accused of agreeing to fix warm-up games to the recently concluded Twenty20 World Cup.

One of the umpires, Pakistan’s Nadeem Ghauri, is a former Test bowler and has a combined 52 game officiating experience at the Test, ODI and T20 levels of the sport.

Another of the accused umpires, Bangladesh's Nadir Shah, says on the recorded footage, in Hindi, that he would be willing to fix any match and change decisions. Shah is a member of the ICC International Panel of Umpires and has over 40 games experience officiating ODIs.

A seventh umpire and member of the ICC panel, Bangladesh’s Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat, is shown refusing to turn down match fixing offers.

These new allegations are another example of the dirty side of cricket. As recent as 2010, Pakistani cricketers Mohammed Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammed Asif were accused and tried on charges of spot-fixing. The players were said to have accepted tens of thousands of dollars from a reporter acting a middleman for Asia-based betting syndicates. The three players, and a player agent, were all jailed with Butt receiving a 30 month sentence.

That same year Australian cricketers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin reported to officials they had been approached by a suspected Mumbai gangster with links to illegal bookmakers at a hotel bar during their tour of England

In 2000, South African captain Hansie Cronje received a life ban for match-fixing.

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