The whereabouts of Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who has been in hiding for the past few days, are now known and his family says he is Pakistan.

[caption id="attachment_1158" align="alignright" width="300"]The number of batsmen given lbw by Asad is twice as compared to any umpire in the ongoing IPL (Photo: Getty Images) The number of batsmen given lbw by Asad is twice as compared to any umpire in the ongoing IPL (Photo: Getty Images)[/caption]

Rauf came under suspicion soon after the latest spot-fixing scandal emerged in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After his appearance in the May 15 match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indian, he was said to be in the custody of Mumbai police for investigation.

In the wake of media reports that Rauf was under police investigation, the first step the International Cricket Council (ICC) took was that it withdrew him from the next month’s Champion Trophy, where he was to umpire.

When Cricnama contacted his family on Saturday noon, they confirmed that he had returned to Pakistan on Tuesday at Lahore. Considering the version true, the ICC’s statement that Rauf was being investigated by Mumbai police falls flat on its face. But the thing that raises doubt is Asad’s silence all the while.

Asad’s family, too, did not comment on the spot-fixing scandal, but insisted that he was innocent. The umpire will soon speak to the media to defend himself, but presently he is bound by the ICC’s code of conduct to not discuss the matter.

Indian police have also confirmed that Rauf had left for Pakistan a few days ago.

Rauf was earlier caught in a sexual scandal involving Indian model Leena Kapoor, and his career would be over if the investigations do not go in his favour. Interestingly, as many as 21 lbws have been given by Rauf in the ongoing IPL, which is the most by any umpire in the tournament.
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