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Ex-ICC Elite Panel Umpire from Pakistan Asad Rauf dies of cardiac arrest

Big blow to cricket industry from Pakistan, Former ICC umpire Asad Rauf has passed away. He was 66 years old. His death was informed by brother Tahir Rauf. Rauf officiated in 170 international matches.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Former ICC umpire and Pakistan’s first-class cricketer Asad Rauf has passed away. He was 66 years old. His death was informed by brother Tahir Rauf. He died due to cardiac arrest. It is being told that when he was returning home after closing his shop in Lahore, only then he felt pain in his chest, after which he died. Rauf officiated in 64 Tests (49 as on-field, 15 as third umpire), 139 ODIs (98 as on-field, 41 as third umpire) and 28 T20Is (23 as on-field, 5 as third umpire). One of the finest umpires of his time, he joined the Elite Panel in 2006 a year after officiating in his first Test.

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Let us tell you that Asad Rauf was running a second hand shop of clothes and shoes in Lahore’s Landa Bazaar after the BCCI banned umpiring in all forms of cricket.

Asad Rauf had captaincy experience in 170 international matches. These include 49 Tests, 23 T20Is and 98 ODIs. Apart from this, he also played the role of TV umpire in 15 Test matches. Asad Rauf’s umpiring career lasted from 2000 to 2013. Meanwhile, he was also a member of ICC’s elite umpiring panel.

Rauf’s umpiring journey started in 1998 itself. But for the first time in international matches, he came out of the match played between Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in the year 2000. Then after 4 years i.e. in 2004, the moment came when Rauf was included in the ICC’s international panel.

However, when everything was going well, in 2013, he was accused of spot-fixing in the IPL. And his career took a U-turn. He became a wanted accused of Mumbai Police from ICC’s favorite umpire. After being accused of fixing, Rauf left India in the middle of the IPL. After this, he also withdrew his name from the Champions Trophy to be held after the IPL in the same year.

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