Asad Rauf, Former ICC Elite Panel Referee Of Pakistan Dies Of Cardiac Arrest

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Former Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who had been on the ICC elite panel list for many years, passed away on Thursday morning, while the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the same and expressed his condolences.

Raja reminisced about Rauf’s wicket sense of humor after his sudden death at the age of 66 from cardiac arrest. The PCB supremo revealed that he always smiled when he thought of Rauf, and will continue to do so, while paying his respects.

“Sad to hear of Asad Rauf’s passing. Not only was he a good referee, but he also had a bad sense of humor. He always brought a smile to my face and will continue to do so when I think of him. his family for their loss,” Ramiz Raja tweeted.

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Rauf, who was his first ODI in 2000 and his first Test umpire in 2005, was named to the ICC Elite Panel in 2006. He was a member of the Elite Panel until 2013, leading 64 Tests, 139 ODIs, 28 T20Is and 11 T20Is for women as a referee or TV referee.

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He has also officiated in 40 First Class matches, 26 List A matches and 89 T20s overall, including IPL matches.

Rauf had to step down as a referee after he was accused of being involved in match fixing and spot fixing in 2016.

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Former Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal also expressed his condolences to Rauf’s family.

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“Sad to know about the news of the passing of former ICC referee Asad Rauf… May Allah grant him Magfirat and grant his family sabr. Ameen,” Akmal said in a tweet.

Before starting as an umpire, Rauf had a successful domestic career as a middle-class batter. He played 71 First-Class matches, scored 3,423 runs, and appeared in 40 List-A matches scoring 611 runs.