Launching a defence of the spot-fixing allegations against him, Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf has said that taking gifts is not a crime but a part of culture. "Giving and taking gifts is a tradition. Taking gifts is not a crime, it is part of Asian culture," he said.
Rauf has been named as a 'wanted accused' in the IPL corruption case chargesheet filed by the Mumbai police. The umpire is alleged to have placed bets through bookies on certain IPL matches he officiated and in return received 'gifts', including jewellery and clothing.
"There wasn't any expensive jewelry in my bags, it contained 'chaadars' brought from different shrines," said Rauf, denying the allegations.