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ICC to probe World T20 spotfixing allegations

An Indian TV station claims six officials were willing to fix matches for money ahead of the competition in Sri Lanka in the latest allegation of corruption to hit the sport.

Marlon Samuels is admonished by an umpire during the World T20 semi-final match against Australia
Marlon Samuels is admonished by an umpire during the World T20 semi-final match against Australia

The International Cricket Council has confirmed it is urgently investigating allegations of corruption made by an Indian television news channel against ICC umpires.

India TV named six officials it claimed were willing to fix matches for money in the build-up to the World Twenty20.

The ICC has urged the broadcaster to hand over any documents which could help its probe into the allegations, while reiterating its zero-tolerance stance towards corruption and stressing none of the umpires named were involved in the recently-concluded World Twenty20.

An ICC statement read: "The ICC and its relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India TV this evening and calls on the station to turnover any information which can assist the ICC's urgent investigations into this matter.

"The ICC reiterates its zero-tolerance towards corruption whether alleged against players or officials. The ICC confirms that none of the umpires named were involved in any of the official games of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

"The ICC will not make any further comment on this issue."

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