The former elite governor of the International Criminal Court of Pakistan now runs a clothing and shoe store | cricket

Days after watching Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning cricketer Roshan Mahanama serve tea and cake amid a severe fuel crisis, a former referee from Pakistan, once part of the International Criminal Court’s elite slate of referees, has opened a shop in Pakistan’s famed Landa Bazaar. Asad Raouf, who managed 170 caps between 2000 and 2013 and was banned, is no longer interested in cricket, and currently runs a shoe and clothing store.

“This is not mine, these are the daily wages of my employees, I work with them,” Rauf said in a recent interview with a Pakistani news channel, “I’ve ruled in so many games all my life, there’s no one left to see now. I haven’t been in touch with the game since 2013, because once I let something go I just let it go.”

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Raouf was banned in 2016 by the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry after being convicted of corrupt practices and game disruption. He has been accused of accepting gifts from bookmakers and being involved in the 2013 IPL positioning scandal. A year ago, Rauf was also accused of sexual exploitation of a Mumbai-based model after she claimed that Rauf had promised to marry her but she reneged.

Ten years later, Raouf has not regretted and is happy with what he is doing. Running a store though does not indicate that he is battling any kind of financial setback. However, now that Raouf has taken on the task, he wants to excel in the job he does.

“It is my habit to reach the peak of the work I do. I started as a shopkeeper, I reached the peak. I played cricket; I reached the peak. And then when I started as a referee, I myself said I need to reach the peak here too,” Raouf added. . “I have no greed. I’ve seen a lot of money, I’ve seen the world with protocols. One of my sons is a special kid, and the other just got back from America (US) after graduating.”

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