Dubai: Yet another big achievement for Pakistan’s umpire Aleem Dar, officiating today’s test makes him the world’s third distinguished umpire to reach his 100th test. He said I could not have reached this position without the love and support given to me.
According to details Aleem Dar is officiating his 100th test being played between South Africa and England today. He is alongside two other umpires Steve Bucknor and Rudi Koertzen to reach this significant milestone.
The 47 years old former right hand batsman and off spinner played 17 first class matches in his 12 years playing career. After retiring he started his career’s second innings as an umpire. His first umpiring started from Gujranwala in 2000 during the ODI played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka then after 3 years he umpired the test played between England and Bangladesh at Dhaka. Since then he has umpired 99 tests, 178 One Days and 35 T20 matches.
Aleem was selected by ICC in 2004 for the Elite umpires panel and soon became one of the most respected and trusted umpires in the cricket world. He won the Best Umpire award for 2009-2010 and 2011, In 2011 he was also awarded the highest civilian award of Pakistan “Pride of Performance” and in 2013 was awarded ‘Sitara -e -Imtiaz’.
Aleem Dar said I am very delighted and feel proud to reach the significant mile stone of my career, it’s amazing to see how quickly time flies. I am extremely grateful to all the spectators, the PCB and the ICC for providing me tremendous support and love without which this achievement could not have been possible. ICC’s General Manager cricket Geoff Allardice said “Aleem is one of the best and most respected umpires in the cricket world.”
Its worthy to mention that Steve Bucknor has umpired 128 and Rudi Koertzen 108 tests and both of them have retired.