Accused cricket umpires rubbish match-fixing speculation

Accused umpires rubbish bribe talk
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Three of the six cricket umpires accused by an Indian TV station of match-fixing dismiss the rumours, one describing them as "absolute rubbish".

Three of the six cricket umpires accused of being willing to fix matches have rubbished the allegations made by an Indian television station.

India TV said that umpires from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were prepared to fix World Twenty20 matches in exchange for money.

One Bangladeshi and two of the Sri Lankan officials accused have since told the BBC that the rumours are untrue.

Nadir Shah said the speculation was "absolute rubbish", while Maurice Zilva said: "All I have to say is that we are innocent of all these charges."

None of the six umpires officiated at the tournament but the International Cricket Council have said they are 'urgently investigating' the matter.

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