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    Aleem Dar becomes cricket’s most experienced umpire

    LAHORE: Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar on Monday became cricket’s most experienced umpire as he broke the previous record of officiating in the most number of international matches during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Cape Town.

    The 48-year-old surpassed the tally of South African Rudi Koertzen, who had stood in 331 international matches.

    Dar is currently supervising his 332nd international match —109 Tests, 182 ODIs, and 41 T20Is.

    Speaking to Express News, Dar said the milestone is a great honour for him and thanked everyone who supported him throughout the years. “It is a great honour for me and I would like to thank Allah as well as my family and friends, who have always supported me,” he said.

    While the Jhang-born started his career as a cricketer, he has earned accolades as an umpire ever since he officiated in his first match on February 16, 2000 in Gujranwala between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

    He was made a part of the Elite Panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) Umpires in 2002 and won ICC’s Umpire of the Year award in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

    The Government of Pakistan honoured him with Pride of Performance on August 14, 2010.

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    Fantastic umpire.

    Simon Taufel was my all time favourite. He's up there with him.

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    Congrats.Great Umpire

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    Three reviews in three balls today and he is proved right on each occasion.

    Brilliant umpire, having a brilliant game.

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    Those were excellent calls by him..

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    Having a good game umpiring wise.

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    My all time favourite umpire. Hasn't regressed with age, is as good as he was back in 2007 or maybe even better.

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    A very consistent umpire who hardly gets a decision wrong. Any batsmen questioning him is normally a waste of time.


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    He had a dodgy period brought on by Shane Warnes unfair criticism around 4 years ago but he is back to his best and has been brilliant this series.

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    His decision on Pandya was overturned but I was very surprised, I thought it would be umpires call or even missing, when it was 3 reds I was stunned, but happy of course

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    Met him in Birmingham city centre before the 1st test. He was with his wife and buying a phone accessory from a mobile phone shop. I told him that I am proud of him for portraying such a good image of Pakistan.

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    Very good umpire.

    Out of context question can he do umpiring for pakistan? or you can't umpire for own country team these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam99 View Post
    Very good umpire.

    Out of context question can he do umpiring for pakistan? or you can't umpire for own country team these days?
    Yes he can umpire ODIs and 20/20s on home tours for Pakistan and has done in the past. But as he is an elite umpire busy with other matches he umpires very few for Pak so it’s normally the other Pak umpires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    His decision on Pandya was overturned but I was very surprised, I thought it would be umpires call or even missing, when it was 3 reds I was stunned, but happy of course
    I still think he was right, anything over the knee roll- not out. Even the commentators felt he was right not to give it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 90MPH View Post
    Yes he can umpire ODIs and 20/20s on home tours for Pakistan and has done in the past. But as he is an elite umpire busy with other matches he umpires very few for Pak so it’s normally the other Pak umpires.
    how often does Pakistan get elite umpires for its game?


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    The 3 decisions off 3 consecutive balls were fantastic.

    Ball 1: Kohli given not out down the legside through to the keeper (England reviewed for the catch, no edge)

    Ball 2: Kohli off the glove to short leg, given out, Kohli instant review with a knowing smile fully thinking no glove. Ultra edge showed contact with a glove and Alim Dar confirms it with his own smile of borne out of satisfaction.

    Ball3: Karthick given LBW, reviewed by the batsman again and ball tracking confirms
    a 3rd correct decision in a row.

    Aleem Dar take a bow sir.

    In the interest of fairness, the Pandya one later was overturned but everyone is human.


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    It just sucks that i have rarely seen him umpire because i only ever watched Pakistani matches, and you dont find umpires umpiring for his local team, plus guys like Aleem Dar are always given duty for India, Australia and England matches.

    Really feel proud that we have a great guy serving us in the Umpire field.

    I really hate the way the Aussies treat him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    I still think he was right, anything over the knee roll- not out. Even the commentators felt he was right not to give it out.
    Yep agreed, didn't look out to me either.

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    Excellent Umpire.His decisions are rarely proven incorrect

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    A true gentleman and a great umpire.

    A great ambassador for Pakistan.

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    Excellent umpire and a good ambassador for Pakistan

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    Great umpire! IIRC he found Saad Nasim? Where is the dude these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafizexpress View Post
    Great umpire! IIRC he found Saad Nasim? Where is the dude these days
    Last I read of him he was captaining some club match in Karachi.

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    Excellent umpire, one of the best ever. He seemed to suffer a sharp decline few years back, but he has made a strong come back. Deserves a spot in 2019 WC Final, but this one I am sure no Pakistani would wish to happen

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    PCB congratulates Aleem Dar on completing double-century of ODIs

    Lahore, 7 May 2019:

    The Pakistan Cricket Board today congratulated Aleem Dar on reaching the 200-ODI milestone when he took the field in Dublin for the match between Bangladesh and the Windies.

    Aleem, an ICC elite panelist and winner of the David Shepherd Trophy for ICC Umpire of the Year from 2009-2011, has become the third umpire after Rudi Koertzen (209) and Billy Bowden (200) to achieve the rare distinction.

    Aleem, who was bestowed with the President’s Award for Pride of Performance in 2010, has been named as one of the umpires for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which means he can potentially become the most ODI capped umpire during cricket’s pinnacle 50-over event.

    PCB Managing Director, Wasim Khan, said: “On behalf of the PCB and all cricket fans, I want to congratulate Aleem on the magnificent achievement of officiating in 200 ODIs. This feat is testament to Aleem’s skill, judgement and commitment to excellence.

    “Aleem made a swift and timely transition from a first-class cricketer in 1997 to an international umpire in 2000. Today, he stands tall as one of the most respected and admired umpires in the world.

    “Aleem is a strong role model for youngsters and retired cricketers who are looking at careers within the game. Umpiring is a hugely credible profession and provides incredible opportunities for individuals to serve the game and earn an excellent living.

    “As a nation, we are immensely proud of Aleem’s achievements and we look forward to him continuing to shine on the world stage.”

    In the traditional format of the game, Aleem has umpired in 125 Tests and is three short of Steve Bucknor’s record of 128 Tests. He is sitting on top of the tree in T20Is with 43 matches.

    Aleem Dar, reflecting on his achievement, said: “I feel honoured to have reached 200 ODIs. Not only the number of matches, it has been a privilege to be in the elite company of some of the best match officials, to watch the best players of this century around the globe and be involved in some of the most fascinating cricket matches.

    “I remember my first ODI, which was coincidentally in my hometown of Gujranwala between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 2000. My 200th is in Dublin, and it has been a 19-year journey, sometime a tough one without my family who made a big sacrifice for my ambitions and love for the game.

    “As an umpire, you make good and bad decisions, and this is all part of the game. What an umpire shouldn’t do is to misinterpret the playing conditions as that is something everyone remembers for a long time.

    “There have been lots of highlights in my career, but umpiring in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is something I remember very fondly as all the 15 referrals against my decisions were upheld by technology. Being involved in some of the epic Ashes clashes, umpiring in the 2004 Antigua Test where Brian Lara scored 400 not out and the 2006 South Africa versus Australia ODI where South Africa chased down 434 to win in Johannesburg are some of the other matches that stand out for me.”


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    My favourite umpire after Simon Taufel

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    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated Aleem Dar of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for completing 200 One Day Internationals in the second match of the Ireland tri-series between Bangladesh and the West Indies in Dublin on Tuesday.

    The 50-year-old Dar first officiated in an ODI in his hometown of Gujranwala in 2000 when he stood in a match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He has been part of ICC’s elite panels since 2004 and will be officiating in his fifth World Cup during the upcoming edition in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July 2019.

    Dar’s career highlights include standing in two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup finals – in 2007 and 2011. He has also umpired in 125 Test matches, which is the second highest after Steve Bucknor’s 128 Tests, and his 43 Twenty20 Internationals are the highest by any umpire. He is only the third to get to the milestone after Rudi Koertzen (209) and Billy Bowden (200).

    Adrian Griffith, ICC’s Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees: “Aleem has been one of our most reliable umpires, who has performed his duties consistently over a long period. The length of his career shows his quality and reflects our belief in him and the role he plays as a custodian of the game. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate Aleem for reaching this landmark and wish him continued success in his career.”


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    few questionable decisions throughout the years, especially against the aussies but brilliant advocate for Pakistan and the sport, well done to him

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    Superb Umpire and a very nice man by the sounds of it.

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    Standing in the heat for 125 tests (over 500 days), trying to concentrate on each ball delivered, and again in 200 ODIs and then hundreds more of t20s (internationals, IPL, etc), not an easy task by any means.

    Remember his flawless umpiring in 2011WC when all his reviewed decisions resulted in review getting wasted.

    Has been ICC best umpire of the year for three consecutive years.

    Big thumbs up to the gentleman!

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    Wish Asad Rauf is redeemed back by PCB in some capacity, at least training other umpires or domestics, was a quality umpire as well

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    some bad decisions by him today agianst Warner.


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    Aleem Dar is obviously old now and he is probably losing his shine. There used to be a time when Aleem was one of the best umpires.

    Nothing but respect for Aleem. Great human being and a legend.


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    Aleem Dar is the GOAT of umpires.

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    Mad respect for Aleem Dar but he took some really bad decisions yesterday.

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    Good umpire but mostly awful when I saw him.

    Two of his decisions I will never forget.

    - Giving ABDV not out after he edged to first slip.
    - Denying Tendulkar his comeback hundred after a rough patch of form in 2007, by giving an abysmal lbw decision when he was on 91 circa 2007 against England in England.

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    He is the Dhoni of umpires now.


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    He needs to retire


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    Aleem Dar is obviously old now and he is probably losing his shine. There used to be a time when Aleem was one of the best umpires.

    Nothing but respect for Aleem. Great human being and a legend.
    He was awesomely good around the turn of the decade. Not just with the accuracy of his decisions (which were exceptional), but also with the air of "Don't mess with me" with anyone who chuntered at him.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 3rd August 2019 at 01:57.

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    Horrible umpire.

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    Also we he didn't give Stuart broad out when there was massive and visible edge.

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    Pakistan's Aleem Dar equaling Steve Bucknor's record of officiating 128th Test


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    GOAT umpire! So proud.

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    When Aleem Dar walked out to the middle at Lord's for the second Ashes Test on Thursday, 15 August, it was his 128th Test match as an umpire.

    Only Steve Bucknor, whose career spanned from 1989 to 2009, has stood in as many matches.

    It was an especially poignant moment for Dar, who considers Bucknor his idol. "It's a great honour to equal the number of Test matches of my role model, umpire Steve Bucknor," he said in a statement.

    "I am thankful to Almighty God, ICC, PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board), my colleagues, my coaches, my club P&T and especially thanks to my family as without their help it was not easy to achieve this."

    Dar, 51, featured in 17 first-class games in Pakistan during his playing days, taking 11 wickets with his leg-spin. He has gone on to truly flourish in his umpiring career, having stood in his first ODI in 2000, aged 31, at Gujranwala.

    He has been an umpire at all ICC Men's Cricket World Cup events since 2003. He is also one of only three umpires to have officiated in 200 ODIs.

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    The umpires had an excellent day.Let us hope they keep the same standard for the rest of the match.It is ok to make a wrong decision on odd occasions.Umpires have a very difficult job to do.

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    He's made some good decisions so far in this test match

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    LAHORE - ICC Elite Panel Umpire Aleem Dar was honoured during a reception hosted by former Pakistan team manager Azhar Zaidi for equalizing former West Indian umpire Steve Bucknor’s record of 128 Test matches.

    The ceremony was attended by several cricket officials and organizers as well as former Test cricketers Abdul Qadir, Ashraf Ali and Amir Nazir. Azhar Zaidi, Abdul Qadir and Nawab Ashiq Hussain Qureshi, CEO veterans cricket, presented shields to Aleem Dar for his achievements.

    Sharing his views, Azhar Zaidi said that Aleem Dar is a hero of Pakistan, who is earning laurels for the country across the globe. “We are proud of hero of this son of Pakistani soil and hope he will continue to shine and bring more laurels to the country.

    “I am also hopeful that Prime Minister Imran Khan will also say a few words of appreciation for this great hero and also spare some time from his busy schedule to meet Aleem Dar and honour this umpiring legend in a trend-setting manner,” he added.

    Speaking on the occasion, Aleem Dar termed Steve Bucknor as his role model and paid rich tributes to him. “It’s a great honour to equal the number of Test matches of Steve Bucknor. I am grateful to Allah Almighty, the ICC, the PCB, my colleagues, my coaches, my club P&T and my family as without their help as it was not easy to achieve such a big feat,” Dar said.

    Dar, 51, featured in 17 first-class games in Pakistan during his playing days, taking 11 wickets with his leg-spin. He has gone on to truly flourish in his umpiring career, having stood in his first ODI in 2000, aged 31, at Gujranwala.

    He has been an umpire at all ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup events since 2003. He is also one of only three umpires to have officiated in 200 ODIs.

    https://nation.com.pk/29-Aug-2019/ic...m-dar-honoured


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