Pakistan’s umpire Aleem Dar stood in his 129th Test match on Thursday to mark himself in the record books for officiating the most number of Test matches in the world.
Dar, who took up umpiring in 2003, is currently standing as a field umpire in the ongoing first Test between Australia and New Zealand at Perth, surpassed former West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor who officiated 128 Tests.
Hailed from Jhang, Dar initially played First-Class (FC) cricket in Pakistan but later took up umpiring as a profession. Since 2003, he stood in 46 T20Is and 207 ODIs.
Dar expressed gratitude for achieving splendid achievement for his country. “I had never thought of achieving this feat when I started my career as an umpire,
“I have had officiated some essential matches and witnessed remarkable accomplishments such as Brian Lara’s 400 not out and South Africa’s epic chase of 434 in an ODI against Australian in Johannesburg in 2006,” he said.
On the other hand, ICC’s senior manager for umpires and referees, Adrian Griffith marked that Dar has served cricket with “unique excellence”.