Asad Rauf not to travel to Mumbai for IPL scam probe

Islamabad, Sept 29 : Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf has ruled out travelling to Mumbai for any investigation into the IPL spot-fixing scandal, in which he was charge sheeted by the Mumbai police, saying the circumstances do not allow him to travel to India.

According to The Daily Times, Rauf, however, announced that he had consulted his lawyers and was willing to fully cooperate with any inquiry by the ICC anti-corruption and security unit.

Rauf has suffered a fall from grace since being named in the IPL spot fixing scandal, the report said.

He was first dropped from the Champions Trophy umpires panel and then was not retained on the ICC elite panel of umpires, the report added.

The umpire said that it was because of the unfounded charges made by Mumbai police that he was dropped from the Champions Trophy panel, and they had tried to vilify him in an organized manner.

Asad said the Mumbai police and media had claimed he had left behind a bag containing valuable watches and other gifts when he left India earlier this year during the IPL.

He said that he challenges the state's police to produce the bags in any court and open them there and see what was in them, adding that he just had carpets and shawls in the bag.

Rauf also defended himself that accepting gifts from close friends was not a crime, according to the report.

--ANI (Posted on 29-09-2013)

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