The spot-fixing scandal in the Indian domestic Twenty20 league seems to have had a major casualty. Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf was on Tuesday dropped from the International Cricket Council's (ICC) elite umpiring panel.
The ICC announced that Rauf and seasoned New Zealand umpire Billy Bowden, who stood in 75 Tests and 181 ODIs, will no longer be a part of the list. Former Test bowlers, Richard Illingworth of England and Australia's Paul Reiffel have been included in the panel. Illingworth played nine Tests and fast bowler Reiffel took 104 wickets in 35 tests for Australia.
Rauf was dropped from the list of officials chosen for the just-concluded ICC Champions Trophy after the spot-fixing scandal broke.
According to the Mumbai police officials, Rauf was suspected to have been in touch with bookies and even accepted gifts. The official, who made a quick exit from India, later denied the allegations but the ICC dropped him for the premier one-day tournament.
However, the ICC denied the investigations into corruption had led to Rauf's exclusion. Selection panel chairman Geoff Allardice said performances alone influenced the decision.
"The selection panel considered the overall performances of the umpires over the past 12 months when deciding which umpires would be offered contracts for 2013-14," he said.
On Rauf, who umpired in 47 Tests and 98 ODIs, he said: "In Asad's case, it is important to emphasise that the recent speculation linking his name to the IPL spot-fixing investigation was not considered during the selectors' deliberations," Allardice said.