London, Mar 19: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has banned umpire Nadir Shah for 10 years on the charges of corruption following his expose along with six Asian officials on Indian television last year.
However, Shah, who stood in 40 one-day internationals, has denied the allegations and said that a wrong decision has been taken as there was no proof of his perceived guilt, adding that he is taking legal advice and plans to appeal to the BCB against the decision, the BBC reports.
Shah was shown in the sting operation by the Indian TV programme to have met the undercover reporters and agreed to give decisions favouring players for money in Twenty20 warm-up games ahead of the 2012 World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka, although the umpire said that the BCB cannot take the decision just on the basis of video footage.
According to a BCB spokesman, the inquiry underlined BCB’s zero tolerance policy on corruption in the game and signified the Board’s commitment towards upholding the spirit of cricket.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson said that the decision repeats cricket’s no-tolerance approach towards corruption and should serve as a reminder to umpires, players, curators or administrators of the risks and challenges facing the sport.
Cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, who began an investigation when the allegations first emerged, issued a statement from chief executive David Richardson after Shah’s verdict was announced.
Stating that ICC is disappointed by Shah’s conduct, Richardson further said that they can beat corruption by remaining vigilant and following the set procedures and protocol.
While the Pakistan Cricket Board and the BCB formed inquiry committees, Sri Lanka Cricket, the home nation of three of the accused officials, have yet to start investigating the matter, the report added. (ANI)