Former umpire Asad Rauf dies aged 66

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Former umpire Asad Rauf dies aged 66
Former umpire Asad Rauf dies aged 66

Former umpire Asad Rauf dies aged 66

Former International Cricket Council (ICC) elite panel umpire from Pakistan, Asad Rauf passed away following a cardiac arrest in Lahore. Rauf was 66.

Rauf officiated in 139 ODIs (98 as on-field, 41 as third umpire), 28 T20Is, 64 Tests (49 as on-field, 15 as third umpire), and 139 ODIs (23 as on-field, 5 as the third umpire). One of the best umpires of his era was him. A year after officiating his first Test, he joined the ICC elite panel in 2006. He was a popular figure on the circuit who helped elevate the reputation of Pakistani umpires before the neutral umpire period, together with Aleem Dar.

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ramiz Raja took to Twitter to convey his condolences. “Saddened to hear about passing of Asad Rauf. Not only was he a good umpire but also had a wicked sense of humour. He always put a smile on my face and will continue to do so whenever I think about him. Many sympathies with his family for their loss,” he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Pakistani wicket keeper-batter Kamran Akmal also took to Twitter to convey his condolences. “Sad to know about the news of former ICC umpire Asad Rauf’s demise,” he wrote on his Twitter handle.

Rauf had a lengthy first-class career as a middle-order hitter for National Bank and Railways, appearing in 71 first-class games, average 28.76.

Charges of spot-fixing and match-fixing in cricket matches ruined Rauf’s career, and he was also sentenced to a five-year suspension in February 2016 after being found guilty of corruption.