Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf was a renowned ICC umpire. Asad has umpired 170 international games (49 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20Is) from 2000-2013. As of now in 2022, Asad Rauf runs a shop in Landa Bazaar in Lahore.
Asaf Rauf provides branded clothes, shoes in his shop at an affordable price. Rauf said that he runs this shop to fulfil the requirements and wages of his staff. Former umpire said: “Bhai, ye mera kaam nahi hai, ye mere staff ki rozi lagi hui hai, ye mai unke liye krta hu (This isn’t for me, this is the daily wages of my staff, I work for them).”
Asad Rauf was banned by BCCI in 2016 for five year on the allegations of involvement in match fixing. He was found guilty of corrupt practices and being in connection with bookies due to which he permanently left umpiring and stopped following cricket.
When asked by Paktv.tv if he still follows cricket, Asad Rauf said: ” No, I’ve umpired in so many games all my life, there’s no one left to see now. I haven’t been in touch with the game since 2013, because once I leave something I leave it completely.”
“I want to run my shop to a peak level “- Asad Rauf about his future plans
Asad Rauf also umpired in several IPL seasons. When asked about his experience of umpiring in IPL , Rauf said: “I have spent my best time in IPL apart from these issues that came later on. I had nothing to do with these issues, the allegations came from the BCCI’s side and they took the decision on me themselves.”
Asad Rauf further revealed that he wants to take his shop to another level. “It is my habit to reach the peak of whatever work I do. I started work as a shopkeeper, I have reached its peak. I played cricket, I reached the peak. And then when I started out as an umpire, I said to myself that I need to reach the peak here as well.”, said Asad Rauf.