Tainted Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf has retired from all forms of umpiring duties due to personal commitments,a report on the website of Pakistan daily Express claimed on Saturday.
Rauf was quoted as saying in the report that being an international or domestic umpire required constant travelling which meant he couldnt give a lot of time to his family or private business. Rauf said he now wanted to give quality time to his ailing son,family and his private business,which is why he had decided to quit umpiring.
Rauf,57,who hails from Lahore,was dropped from the ICC elite panel in June. He officiated in 48 Tests,98 ODIs and 23 T20 matches as an international umpire. He came under the spotlight this year when his name was cropped up in the police investigations of the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
This cost him a chance to officiate in the Champions Trophy. The ICC later dropped him from its elite panel of umpires list,stating that it had taken the decision based on his performance.
Interestingly,the PCB too didnt appoint him for its high profile Ramazan T20 Cup held in Karachi last month,fuelling suspicions about his role in the spot-fixing scam.
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