Former ICC elite panel arbitrator Asad Rauf runs a clothing store in Pakistan, here’s why
BCCI banned Asad Rauf
In a statement in 2016, the BCCI said: “Mr Asad Rauf has been banned for a period of five years from refereeing, playing or representing cricket in any form or being associated with the activities of the Council and its affiliates.”
A life without cricket
Rauf – who has been associated with a few controversies in the past – has completely detached himself from cricket and runs a clothing store at Landa Bazar in Lahore.
In an interview with Paktv.tv, Rauf said: “Maine 2013 ke baad cricket se bilkul hi nahi ki… Kyunki mai jo kaam chhodta hu usko chhod hi deta hu (I haven’t been in contact with the game since 2013, because once I quit something, I quit it completely).”
When asked if he followed cricket, Rauf replied: “No, I’ve officiated in so many matches all my life, there’s no one to see now.”
Ban Ban BCCI
Speaking about the BCCI ban on him, Rauf said, “Unse mera toh koi lena dena tha hi nahi, wo unhi (BCCI) ki taraf se aaye aur unhone hi decision le liye (I have nothing to do with these issues, the allegations came from the BCCI side and they made the decision themselves).
Manage the staff shop
When asked the reason for running the shop while on the elite panel of referees in the past, Rauf said: “Bhai, ye mera kaam nahi hai, ye mere staff ki rozi lagi hui hai, ye mai unke liye krta hu (It’s not for me, it’s my staff’s daily salary, I work for them).”
Rauf – who has refereed 49 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20Is – added: “It’s my habit to reach the top of any job I do. I started working as a trader and reached my peak .I played cricket;I reached the top.And then when I started as an umpire,I said to myself that I must reach the top here too…I have no greed . I’ve seen a lot of money, and I’ve seen the world.”
Rauf slams Virender Sehwag
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag also accused Rauf of spot-fixing and on ‘What the Duck’ show, the Nawab of Najafgarh claimed the Pakistani referee did not drop him during a match after he jokingly asked her not to lift her finger during a game against Australia in 2008.
“Asad Rauf was very fond of collecting things. I was the Adidas brand ambassador at the time, so I gave him shoes, t-shirts and glasses, and jokingly told him not to lift my finger while I was batting. And he did just that. I tried a cut kick but ended up cutting it. The edge was so thick it was heard even inside the locker room but Rauf didn’t let me out,” Sehwag said on the show.
Responding to the former India fly-half, Rauf told a news channel: “As for Sehwag, uski kya majaal wo ek ICC elite referee se kuch kahe. (Sehwag has no the power to ask an ICC elite panel arbitrator to ask a favor). I have never been accused of such behavior in my career before.”