Mumbai: The Mumbai Police has claimed that Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who was recently dropped from the Champions Trophy, was getting gifts from bookies. It has even listed items that were allegedly meant for Rauf but he didn't take them after being apparently tipped off.
Sources say costly shoes and dress materials were bought as gifts for Asad Rauf. Sources say the cost of the gifts run into lakhs.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had on Thursday withdrawn Asad Rauf from officiating in the Champions Trophy in England next month. Explaining the decision, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "In the wake of 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activities, we feel that it is in Asad's best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy."
Sources, however, told CNN-IBN that Vindoo Dara Singh had revealed during questioning that Rauf got gifts from a bookie called Sunil Jaipur.