Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, whose name was recently dragged into the spot-fixing scandal surrounding cricket, has reportedly announced his retirement from umpiring.
The ‘Express’ newspaper reports that 57-year old Rauf has decided to call it quits, citing personal commitments for his decision. Rauf was quoted as saying in the report that the stress of constant travel which came along with being an international umpire was making it hard for him to devote time to his family and other private business, something which he wanted to correct.
Rauf was dropped from the ICC elite panel last month after being overlooked for the Champions Trophy in England due to his name cropping up in the spot-fixing scam. The ICC though had maintained then that the Pakistani was being dropped on the basis of performance.
He was also not appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board for the Corporate Ramazan T20 tournament in Karachi held last month, in which the country’s top officials usually feature.
Rauf officiated in 48 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20 matches as an international umpire.