ICC withdraws Asad Rauf from ICC Champions Trophy

May 23, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: The International Cricket Council ICC Thursday announced that it has withdrawn elite panel umpire Asad Rauf of Pakistan from the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 that will be staged in England and Wales from 623 June.

The decision has been made after media reports on Wednesday indicated that the umpire was under investigation by Mumbai Police.

Explaining the decision, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “In the wake of reports that the Mumbai Police are conducting an investigation into Asad Rauf’s activities, we feel that it is in Asad’s best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy.”

Asad Rauf’s name has also appeared on Mumbai police list, who are investigating into the Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal, according to an Indian newspaper.

Several bookies, three Indian cricketers and also an Indian actor have been detained by Indian Police and have been investigated for alleged involvement in match-fixing scandal of IPL.

The three Indian cricketers – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, who were alleged of match-fixing during an IPL match, which was officiated by Asad Rauf along with other umpires.