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12:00 AM, January 25, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 25, 2013

Umpire Spot-Fixing Scandal

Bells tolling for Nadir

Nadir Shah

* Three-member committee submitted investigation report to BCB president on Wednesday.
* Implicated umpire Nadir Shah likely to incur maximum penalty.
* Decision in the next board meeting.

Umpire Nadir Shah stands to face the maximum penalty as it is likely that the newly formed three-member investigation committee found him guilty of spot-fixing.
The committee, headed by retired district judge Jamil Mustafa with former cricketer Shakil Kasem and the board's security consultant Col (retd) Mesbahuddin Serniabat the other members, submitted their reports and recommendations to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday. No one however was ready to disclose the recommendations made by the committee, terming it highly confidential.
“As far as I know the committee submitted their report to the board president (BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon) yesterday (Wednesday). The next course of action is to discuss the reports and recommendations in the next board meeting and then the board will communicate its decision to the ICC (International Cricket Council),” said BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury yesterday.
The committee, which was formed by the BCB's ad-hoc committee after the previous committee failed to submit their report within the stipulated time, talked with all the parties and scrutinised the video footage before submitting its report. But it is assumed that Nadir Shah is set to be found guilty of more than one offence. According to the ICC code of conduct for umpires and the anti-corruption rule, an umpire must inform the concerned authorities immediately upon receipt of any offer or proposal but Nadir did not comply with that guideline. But the other Bangladesh umpire under the scanner, Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat, had reported the matter to the BCB, which will help him escape punishment.
Although Nadir has not taken any bribe from the string operation, it was understood that the video footage and other evidence convinced the committee that he will take the opportunity if tempted in the future.
Nadir and Sharfuddoula had been investigated for allegations of 'corrupt conduct' levied by an Indian news channel which conducted a sting operation and aired the footage in October last year.
The BCB, along with the ICC and the cricket boards of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, had agreed not to appoint any of the umpires named by India TV in domestic and international matches until an inquiry is conducted.
Bangladesh's Nadir Shah was the only umpire shown in the sting to have met the undercover reporters in person while Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat was the other umpire who was shown to have had a Skype conversation with India TV.
Nadir, who has officiated in 40 ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals last officiated in an international match during the Bangladesh-Pakistan ODI match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur in December 2011.

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