Pakistan saddened by loss of Test umpire, aged 66




Former elite cricket umpire Asad Rauf of Pakistan has died after a heart attack. He was 66.

Rauf officiated in 64 Tests, 139 one-day internationals and 28 Twenty20 internationals before his umpiring career ended in 2013 after his name was linked to the Indian Premier league spot-fixing scandal during an investigation by Mumbai police.

He was withdrawn from the Champions Trophy tournament and later dropped from the International Cricket Council’s list of elite umpires, although the sport’s governing body insisted it had nothing to do with the police investigation.

Rauf always maintained his innocence and was ready to cooperate with the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India banned him for five years in 2016 and that meant he couldn’t officiate in the IPL.

Umpire Asad Rauf looks-on as rain falls during day four of the Second Test match at Hawkins Basin Reserve, Wellington, New Zealand.   (Photo by Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images)

Umpire Asad Rauf. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/PA Images via Getty Images)

Tahir Rauf told The Associated Press on Thursday his brother had a heart attack late Wednesday in the eastern city of Lahore and died before he could get treatment at a hospital.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja said he was “saddened” by Rauf’s death.

“Not only was he a good umpire but also had a wicked sense of humour,” Raja posted on Twitter.

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“He always put a smile on my face and will continue to do so whenever I think about him. Many sympathies with his family for their loss.”

Rauf also played 71 first-class matches as a middle-order batter, scoring 3,423 runs at an average of 28.76 that included three centuries and 22 half centuries.

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