Ramiz Raja, the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said in a tweet on Thursday that Asad Rauf, a former Pakistani umpire who spent several years on the ICC Elite List, had passed away following a heart arrest.
“We were saddened to learn of Asad Rauf’s demise. In addition to being an excellent umpire, he also had a wicked sense of humour. He always made me smile, and he will always make me smile whenever I think of him. Several condolences go out to his family for their loss “Tweeted Ramiz Raja.
Rauf was nominated to the ICC’s Elite Panel in 2006 after officiating his first ODI in 2000 and his first Test in 2005. He officiated 64 Tests, 139 ODIs, 28 T20Is, and 11 women’s T20Is while serving as an umpire or TV umpire for the Elite Panel up to 2013.
Additionally, he presided over 89 T20s, including IPL games, and 40 First Class matches in addition to 26 List A contests.
After being implicated in allegations of match-fixing and spot-fixing in 2016, Rauf was forced to resign as an umpire.
Kamran Akmal, a former wicketkeeper for Pakistan, also sent his condolences to Rauf’s family.
“It is sad to learn about the passing of former ICC umpire Asad Rauf.
May Allah bestow magfirat upon him and bestow sabr upon his family. Ameen, “In a tweet, Akmal stated.
Rauf was a middle-order batter who saw success in the domestic game before switching to umpiring. He participated in 40 List A matches, where he scored 611 runs, and 71 First-Class matches, where he scored 3423 runs.