Tainted Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf on Friday hit out at the BCCI for imposing a five-year ban on him for corruption, saying that the Indian Board did not have any evidence to pronounce him guilty.
BCCI has banned me without any Proof says Asad Rauf
Rauf, 59, who was part of the ICC’s elite panel and officiated in Test matches, was accused of accepting expensive gifts from bookies besides placing bets on Indian Premier League matches in the 2013 edition. “What authority does the BCCI or IPL have to ban me when the court in Mumbai told the police they had no evidence against me?”
“The BCCI and IPL appointed an investigation commissioner and they claimed I fled from India without completing my IPL assignment which is not true. I completed all my assignments and left India in fact one day after my assignments ended,” Rauf claimed.
The court said Rauf earns more than 3 million rupees a month so accepting small gifts like jeans, T-shirts or caps is not a big issue,” Rauf claimed. “The BCCI and IPL appointed commissioner Ravi Sawani didn’t even bother to check when I left India and made accusations against me to the police.”
“I told them that I would come with my lawyer but they insisted I should come alone, so I didn’t go. But I offered them to meet me in Karachi or Dubai and they declined. After which I sent them my detailed statement,” Rauf said.
“The BCCI or IPL is no authority to ban me. Even if the Pakistan Cricket Board is not willing to take up my case, I will do it myself through my lawyer,” he said. Rauf was included in the Elite Panel in 2006 after making his debut in 2000 and has officiated in 49 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20 internationals.