Aleem Dar has also received the Best Umpire Award thrice. (ICC Twitter)
International umpire Aleem Dar may not have been very successful as a cricketer. But even after this, today he has made a world record. He is the only umpire to appear in 400 international matches. No other umpire has been able to do this.
New Delhi. Aleem Dar of Pakistan is celebrating 53rd birthday today. He was not much successful as a cricketer. But as an umpire, he has made a special place. No one else has been able to do this till now. Aleem Dar is the only umpire to land in 400 international matches. Apart from this, he joined as a TV umpire in 100 matches. But this record is not added. He has also been elected Umpire of the Year three times. To save his umpiring career, his wife hid the news of her daughter’s death during the 2003 World Cup.
Aleem Dar played in 17 First Class and 18 List A matches. In February 1987, he made his first class debut on behalf of Pakistan Railways. Scored 270 runs in 17 matches. His highest score was 39 runs. He also used to bowl. As a leg-spinner, Aleem Dar also took 11 wickets. In the list, Aleem Dar scored 179 runs. 37 runs remained the biggest score. Also took 15 wickets and 17 catches. The last match was played in 1998.
Most matches as an umpire in men’s ODIs and Tests🔸 Member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires
Umpiring career started in 2000Aleem Dar’s umpiring career started in 2000. He got Maca for the first time in ODIs against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In 2002, he got a place in the International Panel of ICC. In 2004, he became the first umpire from Pakistan to make it to the elite panel. He received the Best Umpire Award for three consecutive years between 2009 and 2011. He was nominated for this award in 2005 and 2006.
6 month old daughter had died
Aleem Dar’s 6-month-old daughter died during the 2003 World Cup. But his wife did not inform him about this so that he could contribute to the tournament. Aleem Dar played Cricket Academy in 2013. Here both boys and girls are given training. All the children coming here are Divyang and they are given free kits. He has officiated in 136 Tests, 211 ODIs and 53 T20s. He has officiated in most matches in ODIs and Tests.