Days after Sri Lankan World Cup-winning cricketer Roshan Mahanama was spotted serving tea and sandwiches during a severe fuel crisis, a former Pakistan umpire who was once part of the ICC’s elite umpires list opened a shop in the famous Landa Bazar in Pakistan. Asad Rauf, who played 170 caps between 2000 and 2013 and was suspended, has lost interest in cricket and currently operates a shop selling shoes and clothing.
“This is not for me, this is my staff’s daily wages, I work for them,” Rauf said in a recent interview with Paktv.tv, a Pakistani news channel. “I’ve been a referee in so many games all my life, now there’s no one to see. I haven’t been in touch with the game since 2013, because as soon as I leave something, I leave it completely.”
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Rauf was suspended by the BCCI in 2016 after being found guilty of corrupt practices and disrupting the game. He was accused of accepting gifts from bookmakers and of his involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal in 2013. A year ago, Rauf was also accused of sexual exploitation by a model from Mumbai after she claimed that Rauf had promised to meet her. to marry, but withdrew.
Ten years later, Rauf has no regrets and likes to do what he is. However, running a shop does not mean that he will face any kind of financial hardship. But now that Rauf has taken on the task, he wants to excel in the trade.
“It is my habit to reach the pinnacle of whatever work I do. I started working as a shopkeeper, I have reached its peak. I played cricket; I reached the pinnacle. And when I started as a referee, I said to that I also have to reach the top here,” said Rauf. “I have no greed. I have seen a lot of money, and I have seen the world, with protocol. One of my sons is a special child. The other just came back from America (USA) after finishing his graduation.”
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