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BCCI Waiting For ICC Investigation; Accused Umpires Deny Accusations
Published October 10, 2012
CLEAN HANDS: The AP noted a Sri Lankan cricket official said that "they are studying tapes" of the TV sting operation. Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ajith Jayasekara said that "there has been no official communication" from the ICC on allegation by India TV that Sri Lankans were involved. He said that the local anti-corruption unit "will work with the ICC in the investigations" (AP, 10/9). The AFP noted the umpires at the center of the bribery claims "denied on Tuesday they were willing to fix matches for cash." The accusations were broadcast only a day after the West Indies' victory over hosts Sri Lanka in the final of the World T20 tournament. None of the umpires were involved in the tournament (AFP, 10/9). The PTI added that former umpire Darrell Hair "is not at all surprised by the allegations of fixing against match officials." Hair said that rumors "started doing rounds since the birth of the cash-rich Indian Premier League." Hair: "I was wondering how long it would take before some umpire did some stupid things. There have been rumours going around for ages, since the IPL started, that umpires were involved. It all comes down to two things: opportunity and greed. If you're the type of person and you're given the opportunity, the greedy part of you will say, 'Yeah, I'm in'" (PTI, 10/9).