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Former umpire Asad Rauf is no more

Kriralok Desk: Former Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf (66), a member of ICC’s elite panel, is no more.

He breathed his last after suffering a heart attack in Lahore on Wednesday. Rauf has served in 64 Tests. He was on-field in 49 of these and TV umpire in the remaining 15 Tests. He also umpired in 139 ODI and 28 T20I matches.

In 2004, Rauf served as an umpire for the first time in an ODI match. He got a chance in Tests the next year as well. Then in 2006, he got a place in the elite panel of the ICC. He had a reputation among Pakistani umpires before the neutral umpire era.

But in 2013, his career suddenly stopped. Mumbai Police identified him as a wanted accused in the IPL spot-fixing scandal investigation. Rauf, who was umpiring in Sebar’s IPL, left India before the end of the tournament. The ICC later removed his name from the list of umpires for the Champions Trophy. At the same time, he was also dropped from the elite panel. Later, however, the ICC said that Rauf was not excluded because his name came up in the investigation.

Asad, however, defended himself and said that he is ready to cooperate with Aksu’s investigation. In 2016, the BCCI banned him for 5 years on four charges of corruption and misconduct.

Rauf was a cricketer before he started umpiring. He played first-class cricket in Pakistan as a middle-order batsman. He averaged 28.76 in 71 first-class matches for the National Bank and Railways teams.