Islamabad: A Pakistani umpire suspended for four years on corruption charges plans to appeal against the ban, a decision he described Sunday as "one-sided." The Pakistan Cricket Board banned Nadeem Ghauri on Saturday for agreeing to "extend undue favours for material gain" during a sting operation by an Indian television station last year.
"It's a one-sided decision and I am not happy with this decision," Ghauri said at a news conference from his hometown Lahore. "They didn't give me a chance, and I think that the PCB did it on some pressure. I came to know about the decision through the media."
Ghauri said he was heard only once by the PCB's inquiry committee and never had the chance to appear before the integrity committee, which imposed the ban. "I will request and appeal to the PCB chairman that I should be given a proper opportunity," he said.
Ghauri acknowledged that he spoke over the Internet to the man involved in setting up the sting, saying the contract he was offered to work in the Sri Lanka Premier League last year was lucrative but not dependent on him helping to rig matches. The contract was worth $4,500 per match plus $1,000 as a monthly salary, Ghauri said....more
06:53 PM, Apr 14, 2013