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Asad Rauf: 1956 – 2022

Asad Rauf
by Almanack Archive 7 minute read

Asad Rauf died on September 14, 2022, aged 66. He had stood in 170 international matches, and was remembered in the 2023 Wisden Almanack.

ASAD RAUF MALIK, who died on September 14, aged 66, was a Pakistani umpire who stood in 49 Tests and 121 white-ball internationals between February 2000 and March 2013. He was dropped from the ICC’s elite panel later that year, following the annual performance review, although he had already been rested for the Champions Trophy following allegations of corruption during the IPL. Shortly afterwards, Rauf was charged with various betting offences, including spot-fixing, by Mumbai police. He denied any involvement, but refused to travel to India for the hearing, and was eventually banned for five years by the BCCI.

Rauf never officiated at senior level again, and returned to everyday life in Lahore, where he ran a shop selling clothes and shoes. “Not only was he a good umpire, but also had a wicked sense of humour,” remembered the former Test opener Ramiz Raja, who became chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Before umpiring, Rauf had a long career as a batsman in domestic cricket, mainly for Pakistan Railways and National Bank; his three centuries included 130 for Railways (against National Bank) in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy at Bahawalpur in 1981/82.

Asad Rauf stood in 49 Tests and 121 white-ball internationals.

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