Sri Lanka bans two umpires accused of fixing

Sri Lanka has included uncapped batsman Ashan Priyanjan and recalled opener Dimuth Karunaratne after an absence of two years in a 16-member squad for its first two matches of a one-day international series against New Zealand (AP/Andres Leighton)
July 10, 2013, 9:15 AM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has banned two cricket umpires who were accused in an Indian television sting last year as having agreed to accept money in return for pre-determined decisions in matches.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement Tuesday that Sagara Gallage has been banned from all forms of cricket for 10 years and Maurice Zilva for three years. A third umpire, Gamini Dissanayake, was reprimanded and stood down from officiating in first-class cricket for a year.

All three umpires are prominent officials. Dissanayake has been appointed fourth umpire in several international limited-over matches.

A television broadcast last October accused six umpires from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan of being involved in corruption.

After an investigation, Pakistan banned international umpire Nadeem Gauri for four years and domestic umpire Anis Siddique for three. Bangladesh suspended umpire Nadir Shah for 10 years.

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