Bangladesh news March 18, 2013

Nadir Shah banned for ten years on corruption allegations


Nadir Shah, the Bangladesh umpire, has been handed a ten-year ban by the BCB on charges of corruption alleged by a TV sting operation in 2012. The decision followed an investigation carried out by the Bangladesh board.

Sharfuddoula Saikat, the other umpire who was contacted by reporters posing as agents, was cleared to continue umpiring. Saikat had informed the BCB's umpires committee at the time of contact with whom he perceived to be agents, but his case had also been kept pending since October last year.

"Nadir Shah will not be considered for a BCB retainership for 10 years," the BCB said in a statement. "During this period he will not be eligible for any assignment under the jurisdiction of the BCB." He has the right to appeal to the BCB once he is formally informed of the decision.

The sting, broadcast by India TV, claimed to have "exposed" several first-class umpires from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan who were allegedly willing to give decisions favouring players for a fee. In the sting, conducted in July and August 2012, the reporters claimed to belong to a sports management company and promised the umpires officiating assignments in events of all kinds around the world, largely domestic Twenty20 leagues.

All three national boards announced investigations following the broadcast. The BCB conducted a detailed investigation into the matter, with two committees being formed by subsequent board of directors. A BCB statement said the ICC supported it in the investigation process. The PCB is scheduled to receive the report of its inquiry committee later on Monday, while in Sri Lanka the investigation has not been carried out as yet.

ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said the decision reflected the commitment of the ICC and its members to root out corruption from cricket. "This decision also reiterates cricket's zero-tolerance approach towards corruption and should serve as a reminder to all stakeholders, be they umpires, players, curators or administrators of the risks and challenges the sport faces."

Shah, who officiated in 40 ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals, was the only umpire shown in the sting to have met the undercover reporters in person; the others operated through internet-based video chats. He had said at the time that he went along with the undercover reporters' plan because he had felt "threatened" by the people, whom he met at a Delhi hotel. He maintained that stand in public though he did admit his mistake to the investigation committee.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Yes, right action to avoid possible repetitions and to warn other possible perpetrators. Well done for the bold initiative.

  • Alex on March 19, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Its about time they also take a good look at the players . Its a bigger picture out there .

  • shahadat on March 18, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    good job BCB, other board should follow BCB

  • Sam on March 18, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Kudos to BCB! I don't see any transparency in this matter from other boards yet. Why?

  • Alex on March 18, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Please, also check on the 3rd Umpires that sit in the chair and make such errors that will make us cry .

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Why did it take a TV station to find this out... I thought the ICC had a team specially formed to root out bribery and corruption.

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    this is bad these cases should be combatted with full full force....for the saviour of cricket in the future,,,steps should be taken now....for the bright future,,of cricket,,,problem should be solved now..else it take hulk size in future!!

  • Khondker S on March 18, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    BCB has taken a brave decision. Other nations should follow the zero-tolerance approach of Bangladesh to help clear corruptions from cricket. Thanks BCB.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on March 18, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    He was most experienced umpire of BD after Enamul Haque. Now it'll b tough for BCB to arrange long ODI series. But it's a good decision by BCB. India TV should launch sting operations on Indian umpires

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    small example of a bigger problem in sub-continent. it needs to begin somewhere so kudos to BCB. He umpired SCCA games and everyone looked upto him due his status..

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