Pakistan’s Aleem Dar is all set to make history in the World of Cricket
ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s Aleem Dar is all set to make history in the World of Cricket.
Aleem Dar is close to breaking Steve Bucknor's record of most Test matches as an umpire in the first Test match between Australia and New Zealand, which commences in Perth on Thursday.
The 51-year-old, who took up umpiring after a decade of playing first-class cricket in Pakistan, stands in his 129th Test match as on-field umpire since his debut in Dhaka in 2003 during England's tour of Bangladesh.
Starting his international career in 2000 during Pakistan's home ODI series against Sri Lanka, Dar has officiated in 207 One Day Internationals and is only two matches shy of the record of 209 matches in that format held by Rudi Koertzen of South Africa. Dar has also officiated in 46 Twenty20 Internationals.
"This is one milestone I had never thought of when I began my umpiring career.
It is a truly amazing feeling and a high point of my life when I take the field here in Australia; thousands of miles from where I started my international career at home in Gujranwala," Dar said.