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Aleem Dar Becomes First Umpire To Officiate On-Field In 500 International Matches

Aleem Dar, the 55-year-old umpire, has now become the first Pakistani umpire to officiate on-field in 500 international matches. 

Aleem Dar born 6 June 1968) is a Pakistani cricket umpire and former cricketer. He was a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. He won the David Shepherd Trophy three years in a row from 2009 to 2011, after being nominated twice in 2005 and 2006. Aleem Dar, Marais ErasmusRichard KettleboroughKumar Dharmasena and Simon Taufel were the only umpires to have received the award from its inception until 2017. Before becoming an umpire, he played first-class cricket as a right-handed batsman and a leg-break bowler for Allied BankGujranwalaLahore and Pakistan Railways.

In December 2019, in the first match between Australia and New Zealand, Aleem stood in his 129th Test match, breaking the record previously set by Steve Bucknor. On 1 November 2020, in the second ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, Aleem stood in his 210th ODI match as an on-field umpire, surpassing South African Rudi Koertzen's record of officiating in the most ODI matches.

Aleem is best known as an international cricket umpire. He made his international umpiring debut in an ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Gujranwala on 16 February 2000. In 2002 he became a member of ICC's International Panel of umpires. He was chosen to umpire at the ICC Cricket World Cup.

In April 2004, he became the first Pakistani to be part of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires.[6] He was nominated for the ICC Umpire of the Year Award in 2005 and 2006, beaten on both occasions by the Australian Simon Taufel. On 17 October 2007, Aleem umpired in his 100th ODI (between India and Australia at Mumbai), making him the tenth umpire in the history of cricket to reach that landmark. He reached the landmark in a record time, taking just seven years, and became the first Pakistani to officiate in a century of One Day Internationals.

Aleem has stood in a solitary India-Pakistan ODI match at Karachi in 2006 and five Ashes Test matches. He was also one of the on-field umpires for the final of the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, standing alongside Rudi Koertzen. He was appointed to stand in the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup between Australia and Sri Lanka, where he officiated with Steve Bucknor. Dar was also selected to stand in the final of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 between Australia and England.

In January 2005, Aleem and his colleague Steve Bucknor received death threats during a Test match between England and South Africa at Centurion.[8] He was also involved in a controversy during the 2007 Cricket World Cup final where he, along with fellow officials BucknorKoertzenBowden and Crowe incorrectly made Australia bowl three unnecessary overs in near darkness. Consequently, the ICC decided to suspend him, along with the other four officials, from duty for the next ICC event, which was the 2007 World Twenty20 Championship.[9]

Aleem proved his accuracy at the 2011 Cricket World Cup when all the 15 Umpire Decision Review System appeals against him were struck down.

He was selected as one of the twenty umpires to stand in matches during the 2015 Cricket World Cup. In April 2019, he was named as one of the sixteen umpires to stand in matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The following month, in the second match of the 2019 Ireland Tri-Nation Series, he became the third umpire, and first from Pakistan, to officiate in 200 ODIs.

On 16 March 2023, Dar stepped down from the elite panel of umpires after a 19-year career. He will still umpire games if the PCB selects him to stand in games played in Pakistan.

From 5–7 April 2023, He stood in his last test match as an Elite panel umpire, during the one-off test between Bangladesh and Ireland. At the end of the match, he also received a Guard of Honor from both teams and a memento was presented to him by Bangladesh Cricket Board.

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