The former ICC Elite Panel Umpire from Pakistan, Asad Rauf died at the age of 66, following a cardiac arrest in Lahore. He had officiated in 64 Tests (49 as on-field umpire & 15 as TV Umpire)134 ODIs & 28 T20Is.
“Saddened to hear about the passing of Asad Rauf. Not only was he a good umpire but also had a wicked sense of humor. He always puts a smile on my face and will continue to do so whenever I think about him. Many sympathies with his family for their loss,” Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ramiz Raja tweeted.
Asad Rauf was one of Pakistan’s most prominent umpires in the 2000s. He had officiated in his first ODI in 2000 & first Test in 2005 & was elevated to the ICC elite panel in 2006. Asad Rauf was a renowned figure in Pakistan’s Umpire Panel who alongside Aleem Dar did tehri bit in improving the reputation of Pakistani Umpires before the neutral umpires era was started.
But his career came to an abrupt halt in 2013 when he was named as a “wanted accused” by Mumbai police in their investigation into the IPL spot-fixing scandal, where Rauf had been umpiring. Following this Rauf left India before the end of the IPL 2013 & was also withdrawn from the Champions Trophy. He was also dropped from the ICC Elite Panel list, though the ICC insisted it wasn’t because his name had come up in the investigations. However, Rauf tried to prove his innocence & said that he would be happy to cooperate with the ACSU. Later in 2016, the BCCI banned Rauf for five years on four charges of corruption and misconduct.
Asad Rauf enjoyed a successful first-class career as a middle-order batter before switching to umpiring. In first-class cricket, he has appeared for National Bank and Railways, averaging 28.76 from 71 first-class matches.
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