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ICC launches inquiry into new match-fixing allegations

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The International Cricket Council has launched an "urgent investigation" into match-fixing allegations.

India TV has alleged six umpires were willing to fix World Twenty20 games ahead of the tournament in a programme broadcast on Monday.

Cricket's governing body has called on the broadcaster to hand over evidence that could help its investigation.

It said: "None of the umpires named were involved in any of the official games of the ICC World Twenty20."

India TV has alleged the umpires - whom it says are from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh - were willing to fix matches for money during the tournament, which was won by West Indies on Sunday.

However, a seventh umpire approached during the sting operation earlier in the summer declined to get involved, the station claimed.

In a statement responding to the programme's claims the ICC said: "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 reiterates its zero tolerance towards corruption whether alleged against players or officials.

"The ICC will not make any further comment on this issue."