Umpires in match fixing scandal

Umpires at the centre of a match-fixing scandal in southern Asia have denied the allegations.

The ICC has confirmed it is investigating following a programme broadcast by India TV in which its reporters set up a sting operation.

The TV channel claimed that six umpires, including one who is a regular fixture on the international circuit, were willing to give decisions or provide inside information on the teams and playing conditions in return for illicit payments.

The ICC called on India TV "to turn over any information which can assist (our) urgent investigations into this matter.

"The ICC reiterates its zero-tolerance towards corruption whether alleged against players or officials."

Three of those named are from Sri Lanka, two are from Pakistan and the sixth is Bangladeshi Nadir Shah who is a member of the ICC’s international panel.

India TV footage appeared to show Shah, who has stood in 40 ODIs and a number of Twenty20 internationals, say he was willing to give LBW decisions on demand.

The video does not show any cash being exchanged nor did the channel broadcast any proof of the umpires delivering decisions or information.

In a statement Shah says the allegations are "absolutely rubbish".

"If I am going to fix match, I will be caught some day by the ICC. No umpire fixes matches," he said.

Pakistan umpire Nadeem Ghouri, another of those named, has also denied any involvement.

"I am surprised at these baseless allegations" he said. (I will) consult my lawyers to decide on my future course of action," he said.