Asad Rauf (Punjabi, Urdu: اسدرؤف‎, born 12 May 1956) is a Pakistani former umpire and cricketer who is banned for his involvement in spot-fixing. He was a member of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel from 2006 to 2013, and is alleged to have been involved in match-fixing and spot-fixing of cricket matches.[1] In February 2016, Rauf was found guilty of corruption by the BCCI and banned for five years.[2]

Asad Rauf
Personal information
Full nameAsad Rauf
Born (1956-05-12) 12 May 1956 (age 63)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
BowlingRight-arm off-spin
RoleBatsman, umpire
Domestic team information
1983–91National Bank of Pakistan
1981–83Pakistan Railways
1977–78Pakistan Universities
First-class debut4 November 1977
Pakistan Universities v Habib Bank Ltd
Last First-class28 October 1990
National Bank of Pakistan v Pakistan National Shipping Corporation
List A debut17 March 1981
Pakistan Railways v House Building Finance Corporation
Last List A2 October 1991
National Bank of Pakistan v Pakistan National Shipping Corporation
Umpiring information
Tests umpired49 (2005–2013)
ODIs umpired98 (2000–2013)
T20Is umpired23 (2007–2013)
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 71 40
Runs scored 3423 611
Batting average 28.76 19.70
100s/50s 3/22 0/4
Top score 130 66
Balls bowled 722 478
Wickets 3 9
Bowling average 149.33 42.22
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/3 2/18
Catches/stumpings 29/– 16/–
Source: CricketArchive, 4 June 2010

Playing careerEdit

Rauf played in Pakistani domestic cricket between 1977 and 1991, representing Pakistan Universities, Lahore, National Bank of Pakistan and Pakistan Railways.[3]

Umpiring careerEdit

Rauf became a first-class umpire in 1998. In February 2000, the Pakistan Cricket Board appointed him to his first One Day International (ODI), the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Gujranwala, Pakistan, on 16 February 2000. In 2004, with the promotion of Aleem Dar to the ICC Elite Umpire Panel, Rauf was included in the International Panel of Umpires for the first time. In January 2005 the ICC appointed him to his first test match, the fixture between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at Chittagong (MAA). In December 2005 stood in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG between Australia and South Africa. In April 2006 Rauf's umpiring was rewarded with a promotion to the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. In September 2012 Rauf umpired the ICC World Twenty20 group stage match between India and Afghanistan.

Rauf from his inclusion in the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2006, umpired in 47 Tests, 98 one-day internationals and 23 Twenty20 internationals and was dropped from the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires after an annual review of their performance in June 2013 with an appreciation for the outstanding contributions of Asad over a long period of time. After being dropped from the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires he resigned from being an umpire anymore.

2013 IPL spot-fixingEdit

Asad Rauf's name cropped up during the 2013 IPL spot fixing controversy and the ICC reacted immediately by withdrawing him from the panel of match officials for the 2013 Champions Trophy.[4]

Rauf was charged by Mumbai Police on September 21, 2013 in a Mumbai Court with illegal betting, cheating and fraud.[5][6] Rauf has denied the allegations but refused to go to Mumbai to face the charges.[7] In February 2016, Rauf was found guilty and was banned for five years.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Asad Rauf receives costly gifts for fixing matches". The Times Of India.
  2. ^ "BCCI bans umpire Asad Rauf for five years". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Asaud Rauf". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  4. ^ "ICC pull umpire Rauf from Champions Trophy". ESPNcricinfo. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  5. ^ "IPL: Asad Rauf charged in IPL spot-fixing scandal". BBC. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Asad Rauf charged in IPL betting scandal". Dawn. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
  7. ^ "The News International: Latest News Breaking, Pakistan News".
  8. ^ "Asad Rauf: Former Test umpire handed five-year ban". BBC Sport.

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