The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Thursday, announced that it was withdrawing elite panel umpire Asad Rauf from the ICC Champions Trophy, scheduled to be held in England and Wales from June 6 to 23.

An ICC statement said: “The decision had been made after media reports on Wednesday indicated that the umpire was under investigation (for alleged spot-fixing) by Mumbai Police.” ICC chief executive David Richardson said: “In the wake of the reports that the Mumbai Police are conducting an investigation into Asad Rauf’s activities, we feel that it is in Asad’s best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from officiating in the ICC Champions Trophy.” — Special Correspondent

PTI reports from Karachi

The PCB on Thursday reacted cautiously. “All we know is what we have read from the ICC statement. But obviously we will now try to get more details about Rauf’s name being mentioned in the spot fixing scandal in the IPL,” a Board official said.

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