Ahsan Raza to officiate 50th T20I match, will become first umpire to do so


Lahore: Umpire Ahsan Raza is all set to become the first umpire in the T20I format to officiate 50 matches. The third and final T20I between Pakistan and Bangladesh at the Gaddafi Stadium on Monday will be his 50th T20I match as umpire.

The 45-year-old started his career back in February 2010 by standing in an ODI between Afghanistan and Canada at Sharjah Cricket Ground. Later that year in October, he umpired the first T20I of his career between Pakistan and South Africa in Abu Dhabi.

“I am going to complete 50 T20I as umpire, it is a proud moment for me and my country as I will become the first one to achieve this feat,” Ahsan said in a video released by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“Most importantly I will make this record in front of my home crowd and home city,” Ahsan added who has overall officiated 85 international matches.

Behind Ahsan is Aleem Dar, who has officiated 46 T20Is and on the fifth number in the list is Shozab Raza who has officiated 36 matches and is fifth on the list.