Former Pakistani referee Asad Rauf, a member of the ICC’s elite panel from 2006 to 2013, has died in Lahore following cardiac arrest.
He was 66 years old. “I am saddened to learn of the death of Asad Rauf. Not only was he a good referee, but he also had a terrific sense of humor.
He has always put a smile on my face and will continue to do so when I think of him. The deepest condolences to his family for their loss, “tweeted Pakistan Cricket Council head, Ramiz Raja.
“Sad for the news of the death of former ICC referee Asad Rauf … May Allah grant him magfirat and grant sabr Ameen to his family,” tweeted former Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.
Rauf arbitrated his first ODI in 2000 and his first test in 2005. In 2006 he was appointed a member of the ICC’s Elite Panel, which he served until 2013.
He has refereed 64 tests, 139 ODI, 28 T20I, and 11 T20I women as a referee or television referee. He has also refereed 40 Premier Class matches, 26 List A matches, and a total of 89 T20s including IPL matches.
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He also had a successful home career as a mid-order batsman.
Rauf played 71 first-class games and scored 3423 points. He played 40 List A matches and scored 611 points.