Dubai, May 23: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced that it has withdrawn elite panel umpire Asad Rauf from the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 that will be staged in England and Wales from 6-23 June.
The decision has been made after media reports on Wednesday indicated that the umpire was under investigation by Mumbai Police, an ICC media release said.
Mumbai police who are investigating IPL spot-fixing, are likely to question Rauf for his alleged links with bookies. TV reports said that the Pakistan umpire received gifts from bookies in Jaipur.
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activities, we feel that it is in Asad's best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy."
At this stage, the ICC has no further comment to make, the media release added.