LAHORE: Former International Cricket Council’s (ICC) elite panel umpire from Pakistan Asad Rauf has died at the age of 66 after suffering a cardiac arrest in Lahore.
Rauf had a substantial first-class career as a middle-order batter before he turned to umpiring, appearing for National Bank and Railways, averaging 28.76 from 71 first-class matches, the publication stated.
In his career as an umpire, Rauf officiated 64 Tests, 49 of which as on-field umpire and 15 as TV umpire, 139 ODIs and 28 T20Is.
The former match official was one of the most prominent names in the mid-2000 when it comes to the umpires. He was on the ICC’s ODI panel since 2004 and was elevated to the ICC’s elite panel in 2006, just a year after he debuted officiating a Test match.
Along with Naeem Dar, Rauf was among those who contributed to improve the reputation of Pakistani umpires prior to the neutral umpires era.