Raza is looking to get his umpiring career back on track
Disgraced Pakistan umpire Akram Raza, who also used to be an off-spinner for the national team, is looking to become an international umpire again even though he was caught betting during the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year.
Raza, currently aged 47, has handed in an application to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in order for them to reconsider their decision after he was cleared on any wrongdoing.
Raza was quoted by The Express Tribune as saying: “I’m hoping that the board will allow me to return to action as I’ve always been sincere in my 30-year cricketing career, be it as a player or an umpire. I believe that there was a plan against me by an umpires’ lobby which dragged my name into the scandal because I was very going up the ladder very quickly.”
A PCB official acknowledged that the board had received Raza’s application, along with the court’s judgement, and added that the board would be reviewing their earlier decision.
“We’ve seen the documents provided by Raza and he is likely to be reappointed. The court has cleared him which makes his case stronger,” the official said.
However, another PCB official stated that it would be highly unlikely for Raza to become an umpire again since the board’s chief, Zaka Ashraf, looked set to deny him the permission to do so.
“Ashraf may decide against his appointment as there is no point in investing him. If we send his name to the International Cricket Council, they are likely to reject it,” the official said.