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“I have no greed. I have seen a lot of money” – Former ICC elite panel umpire Asad Rauf on turning shopkeeper

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Asad Rauf, once an ICC elite panel umpire from Pakistan, now runs a shop in Landa Bazaar, Lahore and has completely lost touch with the game of cricket. However, the former umpire has no qualms about his new job and is satisfied with what he is doing.

Rauf, 66, was an international umpire from 2000 to 2013. He officiated in 49 Tests, 98 ODIs and 23 T20Is. However, he was banned by the BCCI in 2016 after being found guilty of corruption in the IPL.

The former umpire, whose shop sells clothes and shoes, claims that he is working to satisfy the needs of his staff. In an interview with Paktv.tv, he said:

“Bhai, ye mera kaam nahi hai, ye mere staff ki rozi lagi hui hai, ye mai unke liye krta hu (This isn’t for me, this is the daily wages of my staff, I work for them). I have no greed.

“I have seen a lot of money, and I have seen the world, with protocol. One of my sons is a special child. The other one has just come back from America (US) after completing his graduation. I read the Namaz five times a day. My wife reads the Namaz five times a day.”

Rauf added that he wants to reach the peak of whatever he does, be it umpiring or running a shop, stating:

“Meri aadat hai, jis kaam ko shuru karta hu uski peak pe jaata hu. Maine landai ka kaam shuru kiya hai, iski bhi peak pe mai gaya hu. Maine cricket kheli hai toh iski bhi peak pe mai gaya hu. Aur phir maine umpiring shuru ki, toh maine socha ki iski bhi peak pe hi jaana chahiye (It is my habit to reach the peak of whatever work I do. I started work as a shopkeeper, I have reached its peak. I played cricket, I reached the peak. And then when I started out as an umpire, I said to myself that I need to reach the peak here as well).”

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A right-handed batter during his playing days, Rauf featured in 71 first-class matches and 40 List A games, scoring 3423 and 611 runs, respectively. He scored three hundreds in first-class cricket with a best of 130.


“I have spent my best time in IPL” – Asad Rauf

Despite being banned by the BCCI in 2016 for five years over allegations of corrupt practices, Rauf described umpiring in the IPL as his best time.

On allegations of accepting expensive gifts from bookies and being involved in match-fixing, he said:

“I have spent my best time in IPL, apart from these issues that came later on. Unse mera toh koi lena dena tha hi nahi, wo unhi (BCCI) ki taraf se aaye aur unhone hi decision le liye (I had nothing to do with these issues, the allegations came from the BCCI’s side and they took the decision on me themselves).”

The former umpire conceded that he is no longer interested in the game of cricket, saying:

“Nahi, maine saari umar jab khud hi khila diye toh ab dekhna kisko hai (No, I’ve umpired in so many games all my life, there’s no one left to see now).”

Rauf’s last match as an umpire was an IPL 2013 encounter between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Hyderabad.


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TNPL 2022 Most Runs and Most Wickets standings: Laxmesha Suryaprakash and Sanjay Yadav reclaim the top spots – Updated after Match 4

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The Indian Cement Company Ground in Tirunelveli hosted the fourth match of the Tamil Nadu Premier League 2022 between Salem Spartans and Nellai Royal Kings on Saturday (June 25).

After being asked to bat first, the Salem Spartans batters never got going as they only managed to score 149 in their 20 overs, losing seven wickets. Daryl Ferrario top-scored with 60* and was well-supported by R Kavin, who scored 48. The Royal Kings’ bowlers bowled brilliantly, with Athisayaraj Davidson and NS Harish finishing with two wickets each.

The batters then stepped up and backed up their bowlers as they contributed and helped them chase down the total. A fantastic cameo from G Ajitesh (48* off 25 balls) helped the side get across the line with 14 balls to spare to win the game by five wickets. G Kishoor finished with two wickets but his side failed to defend the total.


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Kaushik Gandhi in action (Image Courtesy: Times of India)
Kaushik Gandhi in action (Image Courtesy: Times of India)

Laxmesha Suryaprakash of Nellai Royal Kings scored 62 in their first game and continued his rich form with the bat by scoring 35 against the Salem Spartans. He is currently leading the run-scorers list with 97 runs.

Uthirasamy Sasidev follows Suryaprakash in the list with 73 runs in two games. The right-handed batter represents Chepauk Super Gillies and has looked good in both outings so far. Chepauk Super Gillies skipper Kaushik Gandhi and S Harish Kumar are in the third and fourth positions as both have scored 65 runs so far.


TNPL 2022 most wickets list

Sanjay Yadav in action (Image Courtesy: myKhel)
Sanjay Yadav in action (Image Courtesy: myKhel)

Sanjay Yadav of Nellai Royal Kings leads the most wickets column with three scalps to his name in two games. He has bowled brilliantly for the Nellai Royal Kings and averages 17 with the ball. Yadav also bowls economical spells and is certainly a player to look out for in the competition.

The Chepauk Super Gillies have lost both games but R Alexander has been impressive for them. He went wicketless in the first game but stepped up on Saturday as he picked up three wickets, conceding only 20 runs in his four overs. He sits in the second position on the most wickets list.

Kiran Akash, NS Harish, and V Athisayaraj Davidson have each picked up three wickets and are behind R Alexander in the list. They will all look to keep performing in a similar fashion in the upcoming games.


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Blue Jays recall catcher Zack Collins, active vs. Brewers on Saturday

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Toronto Blue Jays’ Zack Collins, centre, celebrates with George Springer, left, after they and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) scored on Collins’ three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Houston. Toronto Blue Jays’ Zack Collins, center, celebrates with George Springer, left, after they and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) scored on Collins’ three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game. (David J. Phillip/AP)

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Report: Jimmy Garoppolo to start throwing soon; trade market could heat up

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Jimmy Garoppolo’s recovery from shoulder surgery is going well, and the San Francisco 49ers quarterback will throw over the next few weeks, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Fowler also says that Garoppolo might be able to pass a physical relatively soon, which would cause the trade market for the quarterback to kick back into gear.

Garoppolo, 30, started 45 games over the last five seasons with the 49ers, but the team is set to move on with 2021 third overall pick Trey Lance inheriting the starting role. Last season, Garoppolo threw 20 touchdown passes with 12 interceptions in the regular season and helped lead the team to the NFC Championship Game.

San Francisco general manager John Lynch said that the team was “close in some discussions” to trade Garoppolo earlier in the offseason, but those talks came to a “screeching halt” when the quarterback opted for surgery in March. 

Since then, several teams have addressed their quarterback vacancies. One of those teams is the Indianapolis Colts, who were reportedly in talks to acquire Garoppolo before landing Matt Ryan in a deal with the Atlanta Falcons. Also on the trade market is Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has been linked to the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers in rumors.

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