Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf will no more be involved in cricketing activities for the next five years, as the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) announced on Friday the former ICC Elite Panel referee has been handed a five-year ban.
Rauf was allegedly involved in betting activities that were part of the infamous IPL 2013 spot-fixing scandal, and he was mentioned as a "wanted accused" in a charge sheet prepared by the Mumbai Police that year.
The 59-year-old cricket umpire, who has officiated in 49 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20Is, has been charged with corruption and misconduct under Articles 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and 2.4.1 of the BCCI's Anti-corruption Code.
He was handed the ban during a meeting of the BCCI Disciplinary Committee on Friday, consisting of BCCI president Shashank Manohar, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Niranjan Shah.
"Asad Rauf has been banned for a period of five years from umpiring or playing or representing cricket in any form or anyway being associated with the activities of the board and its affiliates," the BCCI was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying in a statement after the meeting.
"Asad Rauf did not appear before the committee but had sent his preliminary submissions on Jan. 15, 2016, and written statement on Feb. 8, 2016," it added.
Rauf was an umpire during the IPL 2013 matches taking place in India, but he left the tournament midway after news of the betting scandal broke. Incidentally, the Mumbai Police also wanted to question the Pakistani umpire on the incident, but by then he had left for his country.
Asad Rauf was mentioned in a Mumbai Police charge sheet, along with Gurunath Meiyappan, a former senior official of the now-suspended Chennai Super Kings.
Rauf, who started umpiring in cricket since 2000, had taken part in a press conference back home after IPL 2013, stating there was no evidence of corruption against him.