Cape Town - Aleem Dar will become only the third member of the Elite Panel of
ICC Umpires to reach the 100-Test mark when he takes to the field to officiate
in the second Test between South Africa and England on Saturday at Newlands.
Aleem will join the exclusive company of Steve Bucknor and Rudi
Koertzen to have umpired in 100 or more Tests, to date.
The 47-year-old former right-handed batsman and off-spinner made
17 first-class appearances over a career spanning 12 years. Following his
retirement, Aleem made the transition to umpiring and in 2000 stood in his
first ODI when Pakistan hosted Sri Lanka in Gujranwala. He made his debut Test
appearance three years later, when Bangladesh hosted England in Dhaka.
Since then, he has umpired in 99 Tests, in 178 ODIs and 35 T20Is
Aleem was selected in the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2004.
Since then, he has gone on to become one of the leading and most respected
umpires in world cricket and was named as the ICC Umpire of the Year in 2009,
2010 and 2011. In 2011, Aleem was awarded Pride of Performance,
Pakistan’s highest civil award, while in 2013, he received Sitara-e-Imtiaz
(Star of Excellence), Pakistan’s third-highest civil award.
Speaking ahead of the impending landmark, Aleem said: “I am
delighted and proud to reach this significant personal milestone in my career. It
is amazing to think how quickly time has flown. I am extremely grateful to all
the support I have received throughout the years, not least from the Pakistan
Cricket Board as well as the International Cricket Council.
“It is an enormous honour to be involved in a sport which has
given me so much enjoyment, enabled me to travel the world and experience so
many different cultures. To my family, I would like to pay a special tribute
because I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the career I have had to date without
their love and support. An umpire’s life can be challenging at times, with lots
of time away from home, but they understand how important this is to me and
have always given me their full support.
“I have been privileged to have worked alongside some of the very
best match officials and have umpired in classic matches at iconic venues
featuring modern-day greats. It is a great honour for me and one which I will
cherish for many years to come.”
ICC General Manager -
Cricket, Geoff Allardice said: “Aleem has been one of the best and most
respected umpires in world cricket for many years. It is not easy to umpire at
the elite level for more than a decade, and his professionalism, consistency
and reliability have allowed him to perform so well for so long.
“Aleem is in esteemed
company alongside two other umpiring greats, Steve Bucknor and Rudi Koertzen,
and he should be extremely proud of his achievements. He is widely respected in
the cricket community and all involved in the game will join me in congratulating
him on reaching this significant milestone.”
with 90 or more Tests:
(under umpire, span, Tests)
Bucknor - 1989-2009 - 128
Koertzen - 1992-2010 - 108
Dar - 2003- to date - 99
Harper - 1998-2011 - 95
Shepherd - 1985-2005 - 92
Panel of ICC Umpires
(under umpire, Tests)
Dar - 99
Gould - 48
Tucker - 40
Dharmasena - 35
Erasmus - 35
Llong - 35
Kettleborough - 33
Oxenford - 30
Reiffel - 22
Illingworth - 19
Ravi - 10
Gaffaney - 5