Asad Rauf insists he is innocent

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“I have done five IPLs and my decisions have been 100% correct”

Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf has continued to maintain his innocent stature regarding allegations that he was involved in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal.

Rauf had been umpiring during the tournament, but left India once it emerged that Mumbai police wanted to question him.

When asked if he had been in contact with Vindoo Dara Singh, who was named on the chargesheet compiled by Mumbai police, Rauf defiantly said: “I have thousands of friends but that doesn’t mean that if my friends do something, then I have anything to do with that. Let them prove something. If it was the case that I have taken a favour or a gift, or money was given to me, you got to prove allegations.”

After leaving India, Rauf returned home to Pakistan and held a press conference, where he insisted that he was innocent.

Once it emerged that Mumbai police wanted to question Rauf, the International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a statement, saying that he would not be umpiring during the Champions Trophy in England in June.

Rauf was also dropped from the Elite Panel of Umpires, but the ICC stated that his alleged involvement in a spot-fixing scandal had nothing to do with it.

The 57-year-old added that he would explain what happened to the ICC’s Anti-Corrpution and Security Unit (ACSU).

“I have been an employee of ICC,” he said. “Like police, they [ACSU] also investigate. When they call me, I will answer them through my legal adviser. I have done five IPLs and my decisions have been 100% correct. I will answer to ICC regarding these allegations.”

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