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From elite BCCI umpire to small shop owner! Asad Rauf's pathetic situation

Saturday, June 25, 2022 • Tamil Sport News Comments
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Former ICC elite umpire Asad Rauf now sells clothes and shoes in a shop in Pakistan. During a recent interview, Rauf, who umpired in 170 games from 2000 to 2013, said that he is no more interested in cricket and is running the shop for his staff not for himself.

Asad Rauf said that he no longer has an interest in cricket since 2013 - after the ICC removed him from the Elite Panel of Umpires. "I’ve umpired in so many games all my life, there’s no one left to see now," Rauf said in an interview with the Pakistani news outlet. I haven’t been in touch with the game since 2013, because once I leave something I leave it completely," added the former umpire.

"It is my habit to reach the peak of whatever work I do. I started work as a shopkeeper, and I have reached my peak. I played cricket; I reached the peak. And then when I started out as an umpire, I said to myself that I need to reach the peak here as well," added Rauf. "I have no greed. I have seen a lot of money, and I have seen the world, with the protocol. One of my sons is a special child. The other one has just come back from America (US) after completing his graduation."

Rauf was banned by the BCCI in 2016 for five years after its disciplinary committee found him guilty of corrupt practices and bringing the game into disrepute after he was accused of having accepted expensive gifts from bookies and for his involvement in a match-fixing controversy during IPL 2013.

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