Srinagar: Former ICC Elite Panel Umpire Asad Rauf of Pakistan has died following a cardiac arrest in Lahore. He was 66.
Rauf who was one of the popular umpiring figures in World of Cricket officiated in 64 Tests (49 as on-field, 15 as third umpire), 139 ODIs (98 as on-field, 41 as third umpire) and 28 T20Is (23 as on-field, 5 as third umpire).
Rauf joined the Elite Panel in 2006 a year after officiating in his first Test.
“Saddened to hear about passing of Asad Rauf. Not only was he a good umpire but also had a wicked sense of humour. He always put a smile on my face and will continue to do so whenever I think about him. Many sympathies with his family for their loss,” Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ramiz Raja tweeted.
“Sad to know about the news of former ICC umpire Asad Rauf’s demise…May Allah grant him magfirat and give his family sabr Ameen,” tweeted former Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.
Rauf also had a successful domestic career as a middle-order batter.
Rauf played 71 First Class matches, scoring 3423 runs. He played 40 List A matches, scoring 611 runs.