Aleem Dar set to break record for most ODIs as umpire during 2nd Pakistan vs Zimbabwe tie

Aleem Dar set to break record for most ODIs as umpire during 2nd Pakistan vs Zimbabwe tie

Aleem Dar will surpass Rudi Koertzen’s file of officiating most one-day internationals (ODIs) as an umpire throughout the second conflict of the three-match collection between Pakistan and Zimbabwe on the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday, which shall be his 210th ODI.

The 52-year-old, who performed first-class cricket in Pakistan for over a decade as an all-rounder earlier than taking over the position of umpire, had additionally made his ODI debut as an umpire in Pakistan, when he stood in a match towards Sri Lanka in his hometown of Gujranwala in February 2000.

Last yr, Aleem handed his idol Steve Bucknor to the highest of the Test umpires’ checklist. He holds the file of officiating in 132 Test matches and is second within the checklist of T20Is, solely behind compatriot Ahsan Raza, with 46 T20Is. Aleem has officiated in 387 worldwide matches to date, essentially the most by any umpire.

Reflecting on the identical, Aleem Dar acknowledged,”It is a matter of nice honour for me to be on the highest of the checklist of each Tests and ODIs for umpires.
When I had began out within the career, I had by no means imagined I’d get this far. I can solely say that I’ve loved each second on the sphere and studying has been an ongoing course of all this whereas.

“I thank my family for standing by me over the years and am grateful to the International Cricket Council and the Pakistan Cricket Board for backing me and providing me with all the opportunities. I am also thankful to all my colleague match officials for their help and support,” the ICC press launch quoted the previous Pakistan cricketer as saying.

Meanwhile, Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager Umpires and Referees, congratulated Dar on attaining the milestone whereas additionally wishing him luck for his future endeavours.

“Aleem has been a very consistent umpire over the years, and this is reflected in his 16 years on the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires.
We congratulate Aleem on the milestone, and wish him all the best for the upcoming game and series. We are sure many aspiring match officials look up to Aleem, and he will continue to inspire the next generation,” he acknowledged.

On a associated be aware, Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 26 runs within the first ODI on the similar venue on Friday.

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