Corruption in IPL May 29, 2013

Rauf denies corruption, says will cooperate with ACSU


Asad Rauf, the Pakistan umpire who is under investigation by the Mumbai Police, has denied involvement in any corrupt practices in the IPL, a tournament in which he officiated, and said his withdrawal from the Champions Trophy by the ICC was done with his consent. He said he would be happy to co-operate with the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit should it wish to question him.

"I am here in front of the media, after the ICC allowed me to record my statement," Rauf said at a brief press conference in Lahore. "I strongly deny every allegation levelled against me in India and I have never had any links with any sort of fixing there."

Rauf, one of two Pakistani representatives on the ICC's Elite Panel of umpires, was withdrawn from the Champions Trophy because of the allegations he is facing in India. His response was to organize a press conference in a local banquet hall, which was attended by both Pakistani and Indian media. At the entrance of the hall was a banner that read: "Stop doing propaganda against the pride of the country Mr. Asad Rauf, ICC umpire."

Rauf asserted at the start that he would not be taking questions and that he was here "only to record his statement and nothing else". Once he completed his statement in 15 seconds, the media surrounded. "There are so many unanswered question, you have to tell," someone from the media said in a loud voice. "Why did you leave India without informing the IPL authorities, what about he gifts they found there and what about the Mumbai police investigation there - will you face them?"

For a while it appeared Rauf might answer those questions when he returned to his seat in front of the microphone but he then changed his mind. "I am only answerable to the ICC's ACSU," he said. "I'm more than happy to talk to them if they constitute any inquiry.

"I am satisfied with the ICC's decision to withdraw me because it may have caused a distraction while performing my role [as an umpire] amid the allegations. They have only withdrawn me from the Champions Trophy, not fired me. So it was their decision, with my consent, for the betterment of both me and the cricket." He left immediately after that.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    There is too much cricket being played today. As a fan, I am slowly losing interest. Its too much of a good thing. Only the players have benefited from all this. They r now richer than their wildest dreams. Compare how much Jadeja makes in the IPL with what Kapil Dev used to earn. Yusuf Pathan gets a million dollars each season and this time he had only ONE decent score. Jadeja is very ordinary as a player. Dhoni thinks he is a god. This is all a circus indeed.

  • Ram on May 30, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    If a world cup final is going on between India and Pakistan and if you want to pick two very best umpires for the game I would say Asad Rauf and Alim Daar are the two best umpires currently in the panel who will do a great job. I cannot believe person like him can do these kind cheap act. Media should stop harassing him.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    People who think that this is anything to do with the nationality of individuals are deluding themselves. Please if an does something wrong it is he who is to be blamed not everyone. Anyways, in this case it a moot point as of now as there has yet to be a definitive evidence of involvement. Media is hungry and bashful, opinionating on the basis of these reports is a folly

  • Mohiuddin on May 30, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Just one thing to say,"Money, Money and more Money". Everyone needs money to lead a better life but greed must be stopped entering in game. Whenever you add business to sports, problem will arise. Do we believe that more money can imporve the game or keep the sportsman spirit alive. Cricket was fine wihtout IPL or ICl or any other league. Cricket was still being watched, followed, talked about and played all over world. What is different now is some more rich people and disgraced players. Above all tarnished image of the gentlemen's game.

  • Richard on May 30, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Whether he's guilty or not he would still give this answer. None of us knows what the truth is in this instance at this point in time, so any assertions one makes as to his guilt or innocence merely highlight one's particular prejudices. If you're anti Pakistan you'll assume he's guilty, and if you're pro Pakistan you'll assume innocence. I don't really fall into either category but as a cricket lover as opposed to a cheer leader for one or another team I can only hope these suspicions are erroneous.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    It is the season to throw suspicion on everybody and anybody and to conduct a trial by media and pass sentence! Rauf is a victim caught in the quagmire of media bushings.

  • bharath74 on May 30, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Don come to conclusion basing on ur nationalities, let the court decide. All we want is a clean game free of fixing.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    You are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a duly constituted court of law. End of story.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Firstly i'm shocked by the fact that ICC more of an Indian cricket council is not saying a word about all this spot fixing, just imagine this controversy even Pakistani domestic season and the rest you all know. Secondly the moment icc heard the name of Pakistan they jumped into it and with only the help of INDIAN media reports pulled Rauf out of CT13.

    So, the conclusion of all this controversy will be Sreesanth and the rest were innocent ipl will go on as usual next year without Pakistani players AND most importantly Rauf will be dropped from the icc elite panel. How could the name of Pakistan be where there is no indian? i meant how could TWO Pakistani umpires be in elite panel where there's NO Indian?