Aleem Dar is a Pakistani cricket umpire and former cricketer. He is a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires who won the David Shepherd Trophy three years in a row from 2009 to 2011, after being nominated twice in 2005 and 2006.
Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus, Richard Kettleborough, Kumar Dharmasena and Simon Taufel were the only umpires to have received the award from its inception until 2017.
Before becoming an umpire, he played first-class cricket as a right-handed batsman and a leg-break bowler for Allied Bank, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Lahoreand Pakistan Railways.He was educated at Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, Lahore.
Not only has Aleem Dar done a hat-trick of the ICC Umpire of the Year Award (from 2009 to 2011), he has also officiated in the most international matches. His ascent at the highest level was remarkable, more so because Pakistan has never been a great land when it comes to producing world-class umpires.
If anything, from Idris Begh to Khizer Hayat to Shakoor Rana to Javed Akhtar to Asad Rauf, most of them have made headlines for the wrong reasons. The complaints of overseas cricketers became so frequent that Imran Khan had ensured neutral umpires in home Tests.
Dar’s career has been one of remarkable highs punctuated by rare lows. His consistent faultless performances, combined with a polite, jovial yet authoritative nature, makes him a favourite among cricketers.
His greatest performances include faultless shows in the 2003 and 2011 World Cups (DRS was used in the second; Dar had a 15-0 clean sheet); the Brisbane Test of 2010-11 where he kept his calm and produced one correct decision after another; and the 2016 series between England and Sri Lanka — one where he beat DRS 10-0, including 8-0 at Chester-le-Street alone.
The prolific umpire, Pakistan’s Aleem Dar has no plans for retirement at the moment and he is all set to officiate in the upcoming World Cup, which will be fifth of his career.
Dar is eyeing the world record, he has to stand in three more Test matches to leave Steve Bucknor behind, while he needs nine more ODIs to create history.
“Thanks to GOD, I am completely fit, I have three [Test] matches and none One Day Internationals to make the world record,” he said.
The three-time umpire of the year award winner further said that he is doing this to bring glory in the country in the field of umpiring.
“I am going to the World Cup, it is my fifth one, which is a huge honour for me,” he added.
Aleem Dar made his umpiring debut in 2000, he officiated the 2003 World Cup and was inducted in the panel of ICC’s elite umpire soon after that. He won the umpire of the year award three consecutive times from 2009 to 2011.
Who is Steve Bucknor?
Stephen Anthony “Steve” Bucknor, OJ is a former international cricket umpire. Bucknor umpired in a record 128 Test matches between 1989 and 2009, and also umpired in 181 One Day Internationals during this period, including five consecutive Cricket World Cup finals from 1992 to 2007.
He was widely known for his long deliberations before making decisions, for which he earned the nickname “Slow Death”. Before becoming an umpire, he was a football player and referee, a high school mathematics teacher and a sports coach.
In October 2007, he was awarded the Order of Jamaica, Commander Class, for “outstanding services in the field of sports”