Aleem Dar to officiate first two Ashes Tests

Aleem Dar

Pakistan’s most well-known umpire, Aleem Dar along with South Africa’s Marais Erasmus will officiate the first Test of the upcoming Ashes series between Australia and England.

The first match of the five-match historic Test series is scheduled to be played on November 23, at the Gabba, Brisbane.

The three-time winner of ICC’s umpire of the year award, Dar will also stand in the second Test of the series with New Zealand’s Chris Gaffaney, which will be played at Adelaide from December 2. It will be the first day/night Test of the Ashes series.

Whereas, Erasmus will perform duties of umpiring with Gaffaney in the third Test, which is scheduled for December 14, at Perth.

Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena will officiate the fourth and fifth Test with India’s Sundaram Ravi and West Indies’ Joel Wilson respectively. The fourth Test of the legendary series will be played from December 26, while the last Test will place on January 4 at Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

Ex-West Indies captain Richie Richardson has been appointed match referee for the first three Tests while ex-Sri Lankan skipper Ranjan Madugalle is given the job for the last two matches.