Asad Rauf has been banned by the BCCI for his role in the 2013 spot-fixing incident under the counts of misdemeanour and corruption. This decision taken by the Indian cricket board extends to a period of five years and includes all official events and activities under the purview of the BCCI and its affiliations.
The Pakistani umpire had been included in the Mumbai police’s rap sheet as an accused in the spot-fixing incident though he’d left officiating duties mid-way during the tournament. The disciplinary committee appointed by the BCCI to carry out its side of the investigations in the incident found Rauf guilty on four separate articles of the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Code.
The 59-year old hadn’t been present for the hearing though he had sent his briefings to the BCCI committee on the 15th of January. Also, he’d also provided his written responses to the allegations against him on the mandated deadline of 8th February. Both of these statements were taken into consideration before the verdict to ban him was pronounced.
On his part though, Rauf, who was dropped by the ICC from the Elite Umpires’ Panel in June 2013, has always continued to maintain his innocence in the spot-fixing matter.