Spot-fixing: ICC drops Asad Rauf from Champions Trophy - Full statement

Here is the full statement from the International Cricket Council after it dropped Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf from Champions Trophy. He is being probed for spot-fixing.

Updated: May 23, 2013 19:14 IST
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday, announced that it has withdrawn elite panel umpire Asad Rauf from the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 that will be staged in England and Wales from 6-23 June.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.

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activities, we feel that it is in Asad's best interests as well as those of the sport and the event itself, that he is withdrawn from participating in the ICC Champions Trophy."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.

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