LONDON: Pakistan’s Asad Rauf and New Zealand’s Billy Bowden have been dropped from the ICC’s Elite Panel of umpires, the ICC announced after umpire’s annual review.
Both have been replaced in 12 member panel by England’s Richard Illingworth and Australia’s Paul Reiffel for the 2013-2014 season , starting from July 1, 2013.
In Asad’s case, Geoff Allardice, the chairman of ICC umpire selection panel, said , it is important to emphasis that the recent speculation linking his name to the IPL spot-fixing investigation was not considered during the selector’s deliberations,
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, added
It should be remember Rauf was included in the panel of umpires in 2005 and officiated in 48 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20Is. He was also dropped by the ICC from officiating in the Champions Trophy in England.
Bowden was part of the panel for last 13 years ,during which he officiated in 75 Tests, 181 ODIs and 19 T20Is.