B’desh um­pire gets 10-year ban for cor­rup­tion


Bangladesh have banned Nadir Shah, who um­pired in 40 one-day in­ter­na­tion­als be­tween 2006-11, for 10 years for cor­rup­tion.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) handed out the pun­ish­ment on Mon­day fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by a spe­cial in­quiry com­mit­tee. In Oc­to­ber, the Hindi-lan­guage news chan­nel In­dia TV showed footage of Shah and other of­fi­cials from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pak­istan al­legedly ne­go­ti­at­ing deals with un­der-cover re­porters to af­fect the out­come of matches.

"Um­pire Nadir Shah will not be con­sid­ered for a BCB re­tainer for 10 years," the Bangladesh Cricket Board said in a state­ment. "Dur­ing this pe­riod he will not be el­i­gi­ble for any as­sign­ment un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the BCB." Shah said he would ap­peal against the ban.

"The de­ci­sion is to­tally wrong as there was no proof of my guilt," he told re­porters in Dhaka. "I will ap­peal to the BCB to re­con­sider their de­ci­sion. I am talk­ing with my lawyer to help get jus­tice through le­gal means."

Shah, a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil's (ICC) panel of um­pires, also of­fi­ci­ated in three Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als.

"The ICC takes no plea­sure from the fact an um­pire has been found to have acted in­ap­pro­pri­ately and sanc­tioned ac­cord­ingly, how­ever, the de­ci­sion re­flects the com­mit­ment of the ICC and its mem­bers to root out cor­rup­tion from our great sport," ICC chief ex­ec­u­tive David Richard­son said in a state­ment.

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