Cricket Australia Items/news/2013/5/24/rauf-withdrawn-from-champions-trophy

Rauf withdrawn from Champions Trophy

UPDATED 24 May, 2013 11:53AM AEST | by Omnisport

ICC elite panel umpire Asad Rauf has been stood down from the upcoming Champions Trophy pending an investigation into his activities.

The Pakistani umpire has been linked to the spot-fixing controversy in the Indian Premier League competition.

Rauf is reportedly the subject of Mumbai Police investigations and as a result, cricket's governing body have withdrawn him from his role as a Champions Trophy umpire.

This year's Champions Trophy will be staged in England and Wales in June and is set to be the last instalment of the one-day international tournament.

ICC chief executive David Richardson released a brief statement confirming that Rauf had been withdrawn from the tournament.

It read: "In the wake of reports that the Mumbai Police are conducting an investigation into Asad Rauf's activities, we feel that it is in Asad's best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy."

The ICC refused to make any further comment on the issue.

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First Posted 24 May, 2013 11:52AM AEST

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