Rauf was one of the most well-known referees in Pakistan, along with his countryman Aleem Dar. Rauf played for Pakistan in 71 First-class matches, scoring 3423 runs. He also participated in 40 List A games and scored 611 runs. In 2000, he oversaw his first international match, cricket ODI against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, after beginning his umpiring career in 1998.

As tributes started to pour in on social media, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja expressed his condolences for Rauf’s passing and offered a touching message for him. “Saddened to learn of the demise of Asad Rauf,” tweeted Raja. In addition to being an excellent umpire, he also had a wicked sense of humor. He always made me smile, and he will always make me smile whenever I think of him. We offer his family our sincere condolences for their loss.

Kamran Akmal, a wicketkeeper-batsman for Pakistan, also expressed his sympathies on Twitter. He tweeted, “Sad to hear about the news of former ICC umpire Asad Rauf’s passing.

“The PCB expresses its sorrow at the passing of elite panel umpire and former first-class cricketer Asad Rauf. Asad participated in 71 first-class matches and 170 international contests, including contests at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, according to PCB’s tweet.

Rauf, who had a lengthy first-class playing career and played for National Bank and Railways, excelled in his new position as a referee. After officiating his first Test match in 2005, he was invited to join the ICC elite panel in 2006.