Corruption in IPL May 29, 2013

Rauf denies corruption, says will cooperate with ACSU

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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Rauf, one of two Pakistani representatives on the ICC's Elite Panel of umpires, was withdrawn from the Champions Trophy because of the allegations he is facing in India.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 They have only withdrawn me from the Champions Trophy, not fired me.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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  • NairUSA on May 30, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Rauf, like other accused IPL participants should be considered innocent until proven guilty. Allegations should not be thrown at him or others without proper fact checking. The media and general public should hold their horses till the results of the probes come out.

  • 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.

  • RamDada12 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.

  • 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

  • mughal29173 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.

  • Biggus 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.

  • 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.

  • on May 30, 2013, 1:40 GMT

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

  • 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?

    INDIA YOU WON!!

  • NairUSA on May 30, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Rauf, like other accused IPL participants should be considered innocent until proven guilty. Allegations should not be thrown at him or others without proper fact checking. The media and general public should hold their horses till the results of the probes come out.

  • 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.

  • RamDada12 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.

  • 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

  • mughal29173 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.

  • Biggus 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.

  • 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.

  • on May 30, 2013, 1:40 GMT

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

  • 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?

    INDIA YOU WON!!

  • on May 29, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    A person of Rauf's caliber should not have participated in a circus. I am glad none of the Pakistanies are playing in IPL.

  • UMARKANG on May 29, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Regarding the things which were found in his room makes no sense. It was only watches clothes e.t.c. which is part of life. I personally feel that is not in involved in this whole matter.

  • PACERONE on May 29, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    He was right to leave India,one does not want to be jailed for ever without a trial in a foreign country.Let them investigate him and then try to arrest him if evidence is found.

  • InsideHedge on May 29, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    He sure got a lot of pats on the back that evening in late summer 2011, at the conclusion of the 4th Test between England and India.

    I know, because I was there at the Marriott Swiss Cottage, and witnessed it.

  • InsideHedge on May 29, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    You have to wonder about the intelligence of people who post here. Rauf's quality as an umpire is not related to the allegations for the allegations do not question his ability/judgment as an umpire but whether he gave bent decisions.

    And of course he's answerable to the IPL, he was paid by the league and any work carried out there was a private contract between him and the IPL. It's the ICC that is actually not involved. However, prudence means they have pulled him out till they are 100% sure he has nothing to answer for.

  • ivehadit on May 29, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Guilt by association is wrong. The man is pretty upfront about things. From what i can tell, the Mumbai police has not named him for anything. And the model in question has retracted her story. So people, give him the benefit of the doubt. He probably left in a hurry because he didn't want to be caught up in a foreign country for anything he didn't do.

  • Zee_1203 on May 29, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Can't comments whether he is involved or not, but one lesson should be learned by our Pakistani cricketers don't be eager to play in IPL, the corrupt environment is surrounding IPL and our players can easily be the on media especially when we have a bad record regarding match fix. Whether you came from low class or High money always has the charm. If Asad is not involved he should be bold enough to stay there and clear out his name.

  • bigwonder on May 29, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @ToTellUTheTruth, actually you are an uninformed Indian citizen (if you really are from India). If you read the visa rules (for foreign nationals) it clearly indicates that if a foreign national is involved (or suspected to be) in illegal activities, then Indian police has every right to question him/her. While I don't doubt Rauf's excellent credentials he needs to clear his name if he is not involved. Also, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf clearly said "He [Rauf] is an ICC umpire and was officiating in an Indian event with the consent and approval of the ICC, and whatever has happened it's on Indian soil" which means Rauf chose to officiate in IPL and thus is answerable to BCCI.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on May 29, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    @Samad Shirazie...spot on. For the less informed, Rauf left India, after he was done with the number of games assigned to him. He did not run away. And no Pakistani citizen (I am Indian BTW) is responsible for Indian police. If the actions are proven, then India can request Pakistan for co-operation.

  • Narbavi on May 29, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    @Samad Shirazie :He plies his trade in the ipl which comes under the bcci, he is answerable to the mumbai police who lined up for investigations, if he is clean he shouldn't have run away in the first place

  • on May 29, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Right approach taken by Asad Rauf.

  • on May 29, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    He is a great umpire.Don't think that he will indulge in fixing, nt even by a long shot...

  • on May 29, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    @IndiaChampspakchumps: Because both you and I know how media shoves microphones into the celebrities to get answers and increase ratings. I would advise watching Rockstar, if you haven't already.

  • on May 29, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    I don't think he is involved in it but he should only cooperate with ICC and its ACU and not with some board. He is answerable to ICC and not to any specific country

  • asim229 on May 29, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    He seems to be the third best umpire after Simon Toefel and Aleem Dar and I have seen very few umpiring mistakes from him compared to other umpires.

  • PakiPassion on May 29, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    After what Pakistan Cricket has been through i really hope he is clean as he does come across nice man..

  • Shina.Khan on May 29, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Mumbai police didn't tell him to stop there for investigations, that's why he came back, I think he's clear and nothings gonna happen to him..!

  • Cricket_Man on May 29, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Asad Rauf is a very good umpire. IPL has led him to having some embarrassing moments. However, like last time, Asad Rauf will come out clean from these allegations.

    @IndiaChampspakchumps: Did you actually see him run off? LOL. If the Indian officials wanted to question him or detain him they would've done it easily. It was not like he secretly left the country.

  • LeftBrain on May 29, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Fair stance. He is employed by ICC, deployed by ICC and he is asking his employers to check if they have any concerns regading his actions. This is how it happens in professional working environment.

    As a side note, It will be intersting to see tone of comments on this article, as any speculative and demeaning comments are not allowed in any other article invloving IPL or Indians.....

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Legend Umpire.Hats off!!!!!!!!

  • MichealT on May 29, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I sincerely hope that he is not so stupid to do all those thing specially in India where the media is strong and biased.

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    I wouldn't cooperate with any officals in India either....

    He is NOT answerable to the BCCI. He works for the ICC and is subject to investigation by the ACSU.

    Rauf is a fabulous umpire and I strongly believe he is not guilty here.

  • IndiaChampspakchumps on May 29, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Why did he run off if he is clean?

  • sum1nice on May 29, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    No doubts that he is amongst elites but for couple of years he is in media for wrong reasons .... even now he is indicating that he will only cooperate ICC ....meaning inherently no cooperation with the official doing investigation in India, wonder what implication would this stance lead to ..... finger crossed

  • on May 29, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    he is a fair umpire no doubt it it

  • on May 29, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    he is a fair umpire no doubt it it

  • sum1nice on May 29, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    No doubts that he is amongst elites but for couple of years he is in media for wrong reasons .... even now he is indicating that he will only cooperate ICC ....meaning inherently no cooperation with the official doing investigation in India, wonder what implication would this stance lead to ..... finger crossed

  • IndiaChampspakchumps on May 29, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Why did he run off if he is clean?

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    I wouldn't cooperate with any officals in India either....

    He is NOT answerable to the BCCI. He works for the ICC and is subject to investigation by the ACSU.

    Rauf is a fabulous umpire and I strongly believe he is not guilty here.

  • MichealT on May 29, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I sincerely hope that he is not so stupid to do all those thing specially in India where the media is strong and biased.

  • on May 29, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Legend Umpire.Hats off!!!!!!!!

  • LeftBrain on May 29, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Fair stance. He is employed by ICC, deployed by ICC and he is asking his employers to check if they have any concerns regading his actions. This is how it happens in professional working environment.

    As a side note, It will be intersting to see tone of comments on this article, as any speculative and demeaning comments are not allowed in any other article invloving IPL or Indians.....

  • Cricket_Man on May 29, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Asad Rauf is a very good umpire. IPL has led him to having some embarrassing moments. However, like last time, Asad Rauf will come out clean from these allegations.

    @IndiaChampspakchumps: Did you actually see him run off? LOL. If the Indian officials wanted to question him or detain him they would've done it easily. It was not like he secretly left the country.

  • Shina.Khan on May 29, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Mumbai police didn't tell him to stop there for investigations, that's why he came back, I think he's clear and nothings gonna happen to him..!

  • PakiPassion on May 29, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    After what Pakistan Cricket has been through i really hope he is clean as he does come across nice man..