Saturday 17 September 2022 5:49 AM UTC
KARACHI Sept 17: Asad Rauf, the former ICC elite umpire from Pakistan who officiated in 231 international matches across 13 years, has passed away due to a cardiac arrest in Lahore. He was 66. Rauf, who began umpiring in the year 2000, was promoted to ICC’s elite panel in 2006 and over the next seven years went on to become one of Pakistan’s most prominent umpires.
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.
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