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SLC, PCB launch probe in umpiring fixing case

New Delhi/Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket and Pakistan Cricket Board today began investigations into the television sting operation which alleged that the umpires were willing to fix T20 matches.

The channel showed video clips purportedly taken by their undercover reporters in which the umpires were shown to be allegedly willing to give certain decisions in exchange for money.

A SLC official said that they are studying the tapes of the sting operation. SLC chief executive Ajith Jayasekara said there has been no official communication from the ICC on allegations by India TV that Sri Lankans were among six international umpires willing to fix matches.

He said the local anti-corruption unit will work with the ICC in the investigations.

The six umpires, who are purportedly shown in the TV sting willing to fix matches, were Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage of Sri Lanka.

PCB also said it has launched investigations into the matter.

"We are in contact with ICC and carrying out a detailed investigation into the matter. We have sought the details involved in the matter. For us it is just a TV report and it is too early to say anything," a PCB spokesman was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

"The PCB maintains that we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any kind of corruption in cricket at any level," he said.

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