Pakistan cricket seems to have stumbled upon another controversy but this time the players have been spared.
Allegations of ‘sexual exploitation’ were levelled on Tuesday against Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf by an Indian model, who claimed of having intimate relations with him.
According to reports in the Indian media, the model, Leena Kapoor, lodged a complaint with the local police, accusing Rauf of ‘sexually exploiting’ her for months after making ‘false’ promises of marriage.
Kapoor claimed she met the Pakistan umpire in Sri Lanka a few months ago, after which they spent a few days together.
She claimed Rauf promised to marry her and buy her an apartment.
According to Kapoor, Rauf had disclosed his marital status and the fact that he had children, but added that his religion allowed him to have more than one wife. However, she added, he failed to fulfill his promises.
Kapoor said the umpire stopped responding to her calls and around five days back, he cut her off, denying knowing her at all.
“If he (Rauf) continued to deny relation with me, I’ll take action against him,” the Indian model said without elaborating.
Rauf rejects allegations
While refusing to provide details, Rauf, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) elite umpire, rejected Kapoor’s allegations.
“All I can say at the moment is that there is no truth in these allegations,” Rauf told The Express Tribune.
“I cannot make such relations at the ripe old age of 56,” he said. “I can only speak in detail following permission by the ICC as I am the body’s contracted official.”
Possibility of legal action
Meanwhile, a close aide of Rauf’s hinted at the possibility of legal action against ‘those’ behind the story.
“Rauf came to know about the story in the morning,” he said, adding that he was upset because he was defamed without any evidence.
He also cited the case of Tillakaratne Dilshan who was accused of being involved in an affair, which later turned out a false story.
“Many unknown models ignite such affairs to gain cheap publicity. According to our information, Kapoor planned all of this to get an entry into the famous reality television show ‘Big Boss’.”
Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2012.