New Delhi: India TV on Monday carried out a sting operation exposing umpires from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka agreeing to fix Twenty20 matches in return for financial benefits. The channel named six umpires - Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui from Pakistan, Bangladesh’s Nadir Shah and Sri Lankans Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage - who agreed to take money in exchange of providing basic information related to the game.
While Bangladesh's Shah agreed to fix any match be it an international, county or league fixture, Pakistan's ICC international panel umpire Ghauri agreed to favour players if he was given all amounts underhand in "black". The 48-year-old Shah has officiated in 40-plus one-day internationals and six Tests as TV umpire and three Tests as reserve umpire but has not been active at the international level since 2006. Ghauri – a former international who played for Pakistan in one Test and six ODIS - has stood in 43 ODIs, 14 Tests and four T20 matches – the last of which was in November 2010. Both Shah and Ghauri agreed to give decisions such as "out", "not out" in any format of the game.
The channel also claimed that Sri Lankan premier panel umpire Gallage - who was also the fourth umpire at the crucial India-Pakistan World Twenty20 match on September 17 - agreed to reveal the basic information like pitch conditions, weather, toss, and even the playing XIs of both teams. Another Sri Lankan premier panel umpire, Maurice Winston, has been revealed to have also shared information related to pitches, toss and team compositions for the warm-up match between Australia and England at the just concluded World Tweny20. He had also agreed to take the entire amount in 'black'.
Going a step ahead, Sri Lankan umpire Dissanayake promised to 'revolt' against Sri Lanka Cricket if given a handsome amount. Pakistan's elite panel umpire Siddiqui was also ready to get a decision in favour of money.
When the channel approached Sharfudoullah Shahid Saikat, the Bangladesh ICC international panel umpire, he refused to give any favour in exchange of money.