PCB congratulates Pakistan’s Aleem Dar Equalizing Test Umpiring Record
The Pakistan Cricket Board, PCB congratulated Pakistan’s international umpire, Aleem Dar, for equalizing the record for the most Test matches umpires 128th*. The veteran umpire on Thursday matched The West Indies referee’s record of refereeing in most Test matches after going on the field 128th time during the second Ash Test Series 2019 between England and Australia at Lord’s.
Aleem Dar Said:
It’s a great honor to match the number of test matches of my role model, umpire Steve Bucknor.
Aleem Dar made his debut in the event in a match between Bangladesh and England in Dhaka in October 2003. Since then he has taken charge of 376 matches in all formats and is one of the best Umpires in the world.
In addition to Aleem Dar and Bucknor, Rudi Koertzen of South Africa is the only other Umpire to have the three-figure mark in the Test matches, having passed 108 Test before resigning in 2010.
Aleem Dar won the David Shepherd Trophy three years in a row from 2009 to 2011, nominated twice in 2005 and 2006.
Before becoming an Umpire, he played first-class cricket as a right-handed batsman and bowler for Allied Bank, Gujranwala, Lahore and Pakistan Railways.
Born on 6 June 1968 in Jhang, Aleem Dar made his international referee’s debut on an international day between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Gujranwala on 16 February 2000.
In 2002, he became a member of the ICC International Panel of Arbitrators. In April 2004, he became the first Pakistani to be part of the ICC’s Elite Panel of Arbitrators.