Aleem Dar not to officiate in World Cup semis
KARACHI: Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar will not officiate any of the upcoming semi-finals of Cricket World Cup according to International Cricket Council (ICC), ARYSports.tv reports.
According to a release issued by ICC, Ian Gould and Rod Tucker will be the on-field umpires for the semi final between New Zealand and South Africa whereas Nigel Llong and Bruce Oxenford will be the third and fourth umpire respectively in the game.
Kumar Dharmasena and Richard Kettleborough have been named the two on-field umpires for the Australia-India semi final while Mirais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth have been nominated as the third and fourth umpires for the match by the cricket’s governing body.
It should be noted that the decision of omitting Dar from the semi finals have been made after Bangladesh complaints of “umpiring errors” in their quarter final against India.
Bangladesh ICC President Mustafa Kamal has threatened to quit his post over the umpiring by claiming that the match was fixed. He also went on to call ICC as the Indian Cricket Council.
Kamal’s statements were also endorsed by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Hasina Wajid as she stated that India would not have qualified for the semis if the umpires would not have helped them.
It should be noted that Aleem Dar was the on-field umpire for the final of the 2007 and 2011 editions of the mega event. It is unlikely that he will be officiating the final at Melbourne this time around.