Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was on Friday banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for five years after being charged with misconduct and corruption.
The 59-year-old was a part of the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) scandal and the Mumbai Police named him as a ‘wanted accused’ in their charge-sheet. He had left India during the tournament and the Mumbai Police wanted to question him in person.
The BCCI’s disciplinary committee found Rauf guilty of corruption and misconduct ‘within the meaning of’ articles 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.4.1 of the board’s Anti-corruption Code.
Rauf did not appear before the committee but sent his preliminary submission on January 15 and a written statement responding to the allegations on February 8.
These statements, along with a report by the Commissioner of Enquiry, were considered before the decision to ban him was taken.
He will be barred from officiating in any of the matches and events which are conducted under the BCCI.
Meanwhile, Rauf has been denying the allegations put forward against him in the chargesheet and demanded proof.
The International Cricket Coucil (ICC) published a press release soon after the news emerged that Rauf was wanted by police for questioning.
ICC stated in the press release that they had stopped Rauf from umpiring in the ICC Champions Trophy in England.
Moreover, he was also dropped from the Elite Panel of Umpires but the ICC clarified that it was not because of the corruption scandal.
Rauf made his first international appearance as an umpire in 2000, officiating in an ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He was included in the Elite Panel in 2006 and has officiated in 49 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20 internationals.