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ICC launches investigation

cricket Updated: Oct 09, 2012 23:48 IST

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The ICC has launched an "urgent investigation" following allegations by an Indian television station that several umpires were willing to fix matches for money.

The ICC said none of the six named officiated in any official matches at the World Twenty20 which finished Sunday. "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 turn over any information which can assist the ICC's urgent investigations into this matter," the ICC said in a statement. "The ICC re-iterates its zero-tolerance toward corruption whether alleged against players or officials."

India TV identified the umpires in the sting and said three of them agreed to give favorable decisions, including in warm-up matches for the World Twenty20.

Another was filmed in the sting called "Operation World Cup" - promising to "revolt" - against Sri Lankan cricket, and the fifth official was willing to ensure decisions would be given in favour of India. It is not clear what tournament or matches the two umpires were referring to.