NEW DELHI -

Reacting to the news of Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf being withdrawn by the ICC from Champions Trophy next month for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing, legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird said "the incident has brought cricket to its knees".

Bird, the 80-year-old former English umpire who retired in 1996 after officiating in 66 Tests and 69 ODIs, said if the reports were true, then Rauf should never be allowed to umpire again. "I am shocked that an umpire can be involved in spot-fixing," Bird told CNN-IBN from London. "It is a sad day for world cricket when this news came out." Bird said: "If he (Asad) is found guilty, then he should not be allowed to umpire in any form of cricket. I am completely stunned that an umpire can do such a thing." Bird related spot-fixing to cancer, saying it will kill the game if not uprooted. "It is like cancer. The ICC has to get rid of this thing."