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Former ICC elite umpire from Pakistan, dies aged 66


Asad Rauf Passes Away – ICC Umpire Asad Rauf: Asad Rauf, former ICC elite umpire from Pakistan has died. He was 66.…

Asad Rauf Passes Away – ICC Umpire Asad Rauf: Asad Rauf, former ICC elite umpire from Pakistan has died. He was 66. Rauf was former International Cricket Council umpire and former Pakistan first class player. He had a sudden cardiac arrest in morning: Follow CRICKET News LIVE with InsideSport.IN

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Asad Rauf Passes Away: Asad Rauf, former ICC elite umpire from Pakistan, dies aged 66

Rauf officiated 170 international matches in his top flight umpiring career. The 170 matches includes 49 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20Is. He was also a member of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel from 2006 to 2013.

Pakistani wicket keeper-batter Kamran Akmal took to twitter to convey his condolences. “Sad to know about the news of former ICC umpire Asad Rauf’s demise” he wrote.

 

 

Along with Aleem Dar, Rauf’s emergence gave a new identity to Pakistan’s umpiring panel and enhanced its reputation, which for years prior was being let down by its poor standards.

Rauf made his umpiring debut in 1998 during a First-Class game before standing in his maiden ODI two years later. In 2004, Rauf was elevated to the ODI panel in 2004 and officiated in his first Test the following year in 2005.

Rauf continued to officiate matches at the top level till 2013 before his career came to a halt after his name was involved in the 2013 IPL spot fixing scandal.

Rauf was one of the ‘wanted accused’ by the Mumbai police and the whole development spoiled his umpiring career.

Three years later, in 2016, the BCCI banned Rauf after he was found guilty of indulging in corrupt practices and disrupting the game.

He was accused of accepting gifts from bookies and his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The year before, Rauf was also accused of sexual exploitation from a model based out of Mumbai after she claimed that he had promised to marry her but backed out.

Cricket match match-fixing and spot-fixing allegations tarnished Rauf’s career, and in February 2016, he was sentenced to a five-year suspension after being found guilty of corruption.

Rauf was in the news until earlier this year, when a video of him selling shoes at Pakistan’s famous Landa Bazaar went viral. Rauf mentioned that 10 years after standing in his final ODI, he has lost interest in cricket and now wants to excel in his new role.

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