Former ICC Elite Panel Umpire Asad Rauf dies aged 66

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Asad Rauf, the former international umpire, passed unexpectedly on September 15 in Pakistan following a cardiac arrest. Rauf passed away in Lahore at the age of 66. Between 2006 and 2013, he served as a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. Rauf started officiating first-class matches in 1998, and his first international ODI match was in 2000. In 2004, he was added to the ODI panel. His first Test match engagement came in 2005, and the following year he was promoted to the Elite Panel. Rauf refereed 139 ODIs, 64 ODIs, 28 T20Is, and 49 Test matches overall (49 as an on-field umpire).

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ramiz Raja paid tribute to Rauf in a post on Twitter, stating, “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.”