Asad Rauf banned for five years by BCCI

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Pak­istani um­pire Asad Rauf has been banned for five years by the Board of Con­trol for Cricket In­dia (BCCI) on charges of ' cor­rup­tion and mis­con­duct',Hin­dus­tan Times re­ported.

Rauf, who was recog­nised as one of the top um­pires in the world along­side com­pa­triot Aleem Dar, will be barred from um­pir­ing or be­ing as­so­ci­ated with any BCCI-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties. It is un­clear whether the ban would also be ap­pli­ca­ble in the in­ter­na­tional arena.

The Pak­istani um­pire was ac­cused of in­volve­ment in a match-fix­ing con­tro­versy en­gulf­ing the me­gabucks In­dian Premier League (IPL) com­pe­ti­tion and the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil pulled him from the 2013 Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy amid re­ports he was un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Me­dia in In­dia al­leged Rauf had been in con­tact with Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Vindu Dara Singh Rand­hawa, ar­rested on charges of act­ing as mid­dle­man be­tween book­ies, play­ers and of­fi­cials, but the um­pire in­sisted he was in­no­cent.

But a BCCI dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee, formed to in­ves­ti­gate the case, fi­nally an­nounced its judg­ment on Fri­day, find­ing Rauf guilty of cor­rup­tion un­der ar­ti­cles 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.4.1 of the board's Anti-cor­rup­tion Code.

The 59-year-old um­pire did not ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee but sent his pre­lim­i­nary state­ment on Jan­uary 15 and a writ­ten state­ment re­spond­ing to the al­le­ga­tions on Fe­bru­ary 8 and th­ese were con­sid­ered be­fore a fi­nal judge­ment was handed out. Rauf in­cluded in the Elite Panel in 2006 af­ter mak­ing his de­but in 2000 and has of­fi­ci­ated in 49 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20 in­ter­na­tion­als.

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