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    The International Cricket Council have suspended six umpires alleged to be involved in a match-fixing scandal.

    Sri Lankan umpires Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage, Pakistani duo Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui and Bangladesh's Nadir Shah have been named as the umpires under investigation after allegations were broadcast on India TV on Monday.

    The TV channel alleged that the umpires agreed to give decisions on demand for money, with the ICC immediately announcing they had launched their own investigation.

    None of the umpires officiated at the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament but Shah is on the ICC's international panel and works in matches around the world.

    An ICC statement read: "The International Cricket Council (ICC) and its relevant Full Member Boards have agreed not to appoint any of the umpires named in a sting operation recently conducted by India TV to any domestic or international cricket matches pending the outcome of the ongoing investigations into the allegations made.

    "The officials named are not contracted by the ICC and those Boards who employ and nominate the umpires directly will conduct the investigations as a matter of urgency."

    The claims have been denied by Shah, Ghouri and Dissanayake.



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