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Nadir Shah banned for ten years on corruption allegations

Mohammad Isam

March 18, 2013

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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by VEXXZ 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 .

Posted by wiseshah on (March 18, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

good job BCB, other board should follow BCB

Posted by ARad on (March 18, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

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

Posted by mar2000 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 .

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

this is bad news...bt 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!!

Posted by Shajadul 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.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam 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 too...lol.

Posted by   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..

Posted by fr600 on (March 18, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Correct decision for a deserving person.

Posted by Gazooligan on (March 18, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

@salman_0902 - there was only one umpire found to be "corrupt" so please don't tar them all with the same brush. Perhaps they did wrong also, but simply being targeted and/or accused isn't proof of this. It may be that Indian TV was selective in who they targeted as well, so how can we be sure that there were no Indian (or other) umpires vulnerable to scrutiny in this regard? Of course, if proven to have done wrong then punishment should follow. This type of behaviour needs to be wiped out if at all possible.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (March 18, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

Cricket has nothing to ashamed of, these kind of things are common in most sports especially with Football, American Football etc where its far far worse. Its how you tackle it and in this case, the BCB did an excellent thing which shows their stance on such issues and it will not be tolerated by them. Really been impressed with the BCB overall now on and off the field.

Posted by IMQGR on (March 18, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Why not such operation carried out for Indian umpires as well? And why Pakistan and Sri Lankan board has not initiated their investigation? Essentially, BCB's move is commendable and reflects their stand against corruption. But this also indicates, such corruption may exists among umpires from other countries.

Posted by RG2008 on (March 18, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

Why is he not banned for life?

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Although I don't see how else corruption can be combatted, this does sound a little like entrapment to me.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

If its true,that he fell for the plot,without being threatened, then he should b banned for life under the no tolerance rule, this beautiful sport should not be tarnished,by corrupt people.

Posted by AKS286 on (March 18, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

Also ban those players who give bribe to umpires. earlier 3 indian umpires were caught they accept we gave lbw decisions in favour of bowlers. my question is why not ban players also. taking & giving bribe both is crime.

Posted by kc69 on (March 18, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Hats off to India TV for their sting operation.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

He is almost 60 now....This ban is not going to affect his future....

Posted by siraj640 on (March 18, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Very bad to hear dis, and lesson for others also.

Posted by Ebrahim56 on (March 18, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

I think he won't come back after 10 years for umpiring ...

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