Spot-Fixing: Asad Rauf Withdrawn From Champions Trophy
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that Elite Panel umpire Asad Rauf has been withdrawn from standing in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
The Pakistani official is reportedly under investigation by Mumbai Police who are conducting enquiries into spot-fixing and corruption in cricket.
"In the wake of reports that the Mumbai Police are conducting an investigation into Asad Rauf’s activities, we feel that it is in Asad’s best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy," ICC Chief Executive David Richardson confirmed.
Following revelations last week that three players - including former international fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth - had been arrested for suspected spot-fixing, police around the country have arrested several bookmakers in connection wit suspected links to corruption.
Rauf is an experienced member of the ICC's panel of umpires having stood in 49 Test matches, 98 One-Day Internationals and 23 Twenty20 Internationals.
The Champions Trophy gets underway on 6th June and will be hosted by England and Wales.
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