KARACHI, 13 JULY: The international career of tainted umpire Asad Rauf appears to be over after the Pakistan Cricket Board refused to nominate him for the International Cricket Council’s international and elite panels of match officials. The ICC is set to decide on July 15, at a meeting in Nagpur, a fresh list of international umpires with member-countries sending in their nominations. “Rauf has not been included in the list sent by the PCB, which has suggested Shozaib Raza, Zameer Haider and Ehsan Raza to the ICC,” a source in the board said.  Rauf, who had been a member of the ICC’s elite panel of umpires, became a controversial figure during the Indian Premier League when he was named in a Mumbai police investigation into spot-fixing.
The ICC later dropped him from the Champions Trophy’s umpires panel. The final cut for Rauf came when the ICC replaced him on the elite panel, insisting that the decision was based solely on his performance in the past one year.
But well-informed sources said the decision to replace Rauf had been taken when despite several warnings from the ICC and the PCB, he persisted with activities not worthy of his position. “The ICC urged the PCB to tell Rauf to desist from activities which didn’t do his reputation any good,” the source said. “One of the biggest complaints was that Rauf had been accepting valuable gifts from persons who claimed to be his fans although the PCB had advised him against accepting these,” the source disclosed, adding: “This was particularly visible when Rauf went to India or Sri Lanka.”

Players pulled up
CHENNAI, 13 JULY: Several cricketers have brought disrepute to the game by adopting illegal and unfair practices, Bishen Singh Bedi said here today at a seminar. Blaming the community of players for damaging cricket’s reputation, he said that the Indian Premier League was harming the country’s youths. pti