press trust of india
Karachi, 28 Sept: Disgraced Pakistan umpire, Asad Rauf has ruled out travelling to Mumbai for any investigation into the IPL spot-fixing scandal in which he was chargesheeted by the Mumbai police.
“We have full faith in the Indian courts but not in the Mumbai police. The present circumstances don’t allow me to travel to India,” Rauf told PTI today. “But I have consulted my lawyers and I am willing to fully cooperate with any inquiry by the ICC anti-corruption and security unit,” he said.
The Pakistani umpire has suffered a fall from grace since being named in the IPL spot fixing scandal. He was first dropped from the Champions Trophy umpires panel and then was not retained on the ICC Elite panel of umpires. Rauf admitted for the first time that he had been sidelined from the Champions Trophy because of the IPL scandal. “It is because of the unfounded charges made by Mumbai police that I was dropped from the Champions Trophy panel. They have tried to villify me in an organized manner,” Rauf said. Rauf also addressed a press conference in his hometown Lahore yesterday with his lawyer to defend himself.
The Pakistani umpire said the Mumbai police and media had claimed he had left behind a bag containing valuable watches and other gifts when he left India earlier this year during the IPL.