Dubai, June 25: Pakistan's Asad Rauf, who is alleged to have had a role in IPL spot-fixing, was on Tuesday omitted from the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires.
ICC announced that two new umpires will join the Elite Panel - Australia's Paul Reiffel and England's Richard Illingworth (both former Test cricketers). They will replace Billy Bowden and Rauf.
ICC, however, said that Rauf's omission from the panel had nothing to do with his name allegedly linked to spot-fixing.
Rauf was withdrawn by ICC from the Champions Trophy after the Pakistani was alleged to have received gifts from Indian bookies during the sixth edition of IPL.
The Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires was selected by the ICC Umpires Selection Panel consisting of Chairman, Geoff Allardice, ICC's General Manager - Cricket, ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle, ex-England player and coach and umpire, David Lloyd, and Srinivas Venkataraghavan, the former India captain and international umpire.
Chairman of the ICC Umpires Selection Panel, Allardice, said: "It is exciting to see Richard and Paul promoted to the elite panel, but it is also important to acknowledge and appreciate the outstanding contributions of Asad and Billy over a long period of time.
"The selection panel considered the overall performances of the umpires over the past 12 months when deciding which umpires would be offered contracts for 2013-14. In Asad's case, it is important to emphasise that the recent speculation linking his name to the IPL spot-fixing investigation was not considered during the selectors' deliberations."
Illingworth and Reiffel have joined Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Steve Davis, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Tony Hill, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker in the panel for the 2013-2014 season, commencing 1 July 2013.