Rauf retires

sportsasadraufTainted Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf has retired from all forms of umpiring duties due to personal commitments, a report in Pakistan has indicated.

Rauf was quoted as saying in the report that being an international or domestic umpire required constant travelling which meant he couldn’t give a lot of time to his family or private business.

He said he now wanted to give quality time to his ailing son, family and his private business which was why he had decided to quit umpiring.

The 57 year old, who was dropped from the ICC elite panel in June officiated in 48 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20 matches as an international umpire.

Rauf, who hails from Lahore, came under the spotlight this year when his name came up in the police investigations of the IPL spot-fixing scandal which cost him a chance to officiate in the Champions Trophy in England.

The ICC later dropped him from its elite panel of umpires list, stating that it had taken the decision on basis of his performance.

Interestingly, the Pakistan Cricket Board also didn’t appoint him for its high profile Ramazan T20 Corporate Cup held last month in Karachi, confirming suspicions about his role in the spot-fixing scam. (AP)

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