Indian cricket board on Friday banned the Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf for five years as he was found guilty of corrupt practices and bringing the game into disrepute.
The 59-year-old Rauf, who was part of the ICC’s elite panel and officiated in Test matches, was accused of accepting expensive gifts from bookies besides placing bets on IPL matches in the 2013 edition.
A committee headed by the BCCI president Shashank Manohar whose other members included Jyotiraditya Scindia and Niranjan Shah announced the ban.
Pakistan had already withdrawn Rauf from the ICC’s elite panel after the allegations of match fixing against him first surfaced.
“Mr Asad Rauf has been banned for a period of five years from umpiring or playing or representing cricket in any form or anyway being associated with the activities of the Board and its Affiliates,” PTI news agency quote the BBCI statement.
The BCCI statement added, “Mr Asad Rauf did not appear before the Committee but had sent his preliminary submissions on 15th January 2016 and written statement on 8th February 2016.”
Raud was found guilty by the BCCI committee for “misconduct and corruption within the meaning of Article 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.4.1 of the BCCI Anti Corruption Code.”
These articles primarily deal with “soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging, facilitating or authorising any other party to enter into a bet for the direct or indirect benefit of the Participant in relation to the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any match or event”.
He was also pronounced guilty of “disclosing Inside Information to any person (with or without Reward) before or during any Match or Event where the Participant might reasonably be expected to know that disclosure of such information in such circumstances could be used in relation to Betting”.
With Raud being given 5-year-ban, the BCCI has now concluded its proceedings related to the 2013 scandal and subsequent allegations of corruption.
In January this year, Haryana off-spinner Ajit Chandila was handed a life ban for his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot- fixing scandal, while Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah was given a five-year suspension for making a corrupt approach to a fellow player.