IPL news May 25, 2013

Asad Rauf arrives in Pakistan - reports

ESPNcricinfo staff

Asad Rauf, the Pakistan umpire who officiated in the IPL, has arrived in Lahore, Pakistan, according to AFP. The Mumbai Police, which arrested Gurunath Meiyappan, a top Chennai Super Kings official and son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud, is also seeking to question Rauf. Rauf was withdrawn from the upcoming Champions Trophy in England by the ICC following media reports that indicated he was under investigation by Mumbai Police.

However, Rauf's manager, Shahzad Ahmed, has denied Rauf's involvement in any corrupt practices. "Asad has no links with any bookie nor is he involved in any corrupt practice," Ahmed told PTI. "He has had a very clean career. I think it is totally unfair the way the media has taken it for granted."

Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), Mumbai confirmed that Rauf left India a few days ago. "He [Rauf] left the country from Delhi a few days back," Roy was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times. "Gurunath's questioning is key as it will help us 'connect a lot of dots' including that of the suspected involvement of Rauf, following which we will take a call."

AFP quoted a family source as saying: "Rauf has nothing to hide, he reached Lahore after completing his matches in the league (in India). Rauf is disappointed that he was not given a chance to clear his name and was excluded from the Champions Trophy but once his name is cleared he will resume his career in the game he loves. Rauf is bound by the ICC code so at an appropriate time he will speak."

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  • amit on May 28, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    All this peoples saying asad rauf was not involved .. then why he left india before IPL final ?.. all the other umpires was still there .. he has to done something will find out one of these days

  • Kasinathan on May 28, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    My personal opinion is, though he might have erred in his judgement of wrong umpiring decisions he may not be a party to fixing. He is dedicated to the game. The bookies sent (planted?) gifts to him after he left India only to tarnish his name and image. The ICC could have waited before withdrawing him from the Champion' s Trophy Kashinath

  • Inam on May 28, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    the standard of umpiring was so poor which makes all umpires suspicious, I am not sure who is involved or not time will tell, to me IPL will always be suspicious for spot fixing, same pattern like matches in sharjah, i am not sure ICC can stop spot fixing. The temptation of money is there in every profession and in every aspect of life, for modern day cricketers who earn so much money for playing so little cricket taking a chance in spot fixing and digrace themselves is shame and inexcusable, the penalties should be lot more for these crimes.

  • Viqar on May 27, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Nope, Rauf wasn't involved, but there are a number of Indian umpires who are being investigated, and a number who should be investigated, but are not. However, Rauf made several bad decisions, like all the Indian umpires at IPL matches.

  • Jawaid on May 27, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    In each case it has a habit of India dragging Pakistan, Its a perfect example. Thanks God there were not any Pakistani player in IPL.

  • bilal on May 27, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Sorry But i disagree with action taken by the ICC. They should have let Mr. Rauf clear his side of the story. rather they have excluded Mr. Rauf from ICC Champions Trophy. Which is totally unfair. No doubt he is one of the leading empires of the world right now. The hipe and worng coverage of the indian media against Mr. Rauf without any solid evidence was totally nonsense.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    If he is guilty then he should punished but what about Sreeshthnath and other player involved spot-fixing why ICC is not doing action against them why ? everyone should be punished if wrong Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir, and Salman Bhatt ICC should think and what about BCCI why keeping silent about these player ?

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    who ever does fixing should be banned and jailed .

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Hello ash_win_4ever , i can agree with your point that Asaud Rauf is one of the outstanding umpire in modern cricket but if at all h ei s wrong as u said why should he be forgived for the first and last time . ?it is called corruption and gambling which is a major crime . any one who does a mistake should be punished .taking money playing against is a corruption and which is against the law .and what do u mean by good in his work?taking money and playing against is called good? anyway chilll...if any one does corruption should always be punished, let it be first time or last time .. anyways chill......

  • Asaha on May 26, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    asad rauf is one of the most outstanding umpire in modern day cricket. My point of view is if he had make any thing wrong,,, so we can forgive him for first and last time,, coz he is a really good in his work.

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