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Billy Bowden & Asad Rauf removed from elite list

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The experienced pair of Billy Bowden and Asad Rauf have been taken off the International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel of Umpires.

The decision comes after the ICC’s annual review of their performances.

As a result, both Richard Illingworth, a former England bowler, and Paul Reiffel have been promoted to the elite list.

Speaking on the decision, ICC umpires selection panel chairman Geoff Allardice said to Sky Sports: "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."

Rauf has been caught up in a match-fixing scandal, forcing him to step-down from umpiring the recent Champions Trophy, whilst the Mumbai police continued their investigation although he denies the allegations. 

Bowden’s relegation, however, comes as a shock, as he is one of the most high-profile cricket umpires of all-time. His ‘crooked finger’ signal, when giving a batsman out, has become very well known by cricket fans and it brings to an end his 11-year career at the top-level.


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