Aleem Dar

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Aleem Dar
David Warner shakes hands with umpire Chris Gaffaney and Aleem Dar (27090448599) (Aleem Dar cropped).jpg
Dar umpiring during the 2017–18 Ashes
Personal information
Full name Aleem Sarwar Dar
Born (1968-06-06) 6 June 1968 (age 50)
Jhang, Punjab, Pakistan
Batting Right-handed batsman
Bowling Right-arm leg spin
Role Umpire
Domestic team information
1997/98 Multan
1995/96 Allied Bank Limited
1987–1995 Lahore City
1986/87 Pakistan Railways
First-class debut 8 February 1987 Pakistan Railways v ADBP
Last First-class 6 December 1997 Gujranwala v Bahawalpur
List A debut 29 September 1986 Pakistan Railways v United Bank Limited
Last List A 23 March 1998 Gujranwala v Malaysia
Umpiring information
Tests umpired 121 (2003–2018)
ODIs umpired 190 (2000–2018)
T20Is umpired 43 (2009–2018)
Career statistics
Competition FC LA
Matches 17 18
Runs scored 270 179
Batting average 11.73 19.88
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 39 37
Balls bowled 740 634
Wickets 11 15
Bowling average 34.36 31.66
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 3/19 3/27
Catches/stumpings 5/– 17/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 August 2018

Aleem Sarwar Dar (born 6 June 1968) is a Pakistani cricket umpire and a member of the ICC Elite umpire panel. He won three consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards 2009, 2010 and 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 for Allied Bank, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Lahore and Pakistan Railways as a right-handed batsman and a leg-break bowler.He was educated at Government Islamia College, Civil Lines, Lahore.

Umpiring career[edit]

Aleem is best known as an international cricket umpire.[1] He made his international umpiring debut in an ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Gujranwala on 16 February 2000. In 2002 he became a member of ICC's International Panel of umpires. He was chosen to umpire at the ICC Cricket World Cup in early 2003. He was appointed to stand in his first Test match in October 2003; the match between Bangladesh and England at Dhaka. Over the next six months he was appointed to stand in several more Test matches, and as a neutral umpire in ODI matches away from Pakistan.

In April 2004, he became the first Pakistani to be part of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel.[2] He was nominated for the ICC Umpire of the year Award in 2005 and 2006, beaten on both occasions by the Australian Simon Taufel. On 17 October 2007 Aleem umpired in his 100th ODI (between India and Australia at Mumbai), making him the tenth umpire in the history of cricket to reach that landmark. He reached the landmark in a record time, taking just seven years, and became the first Pakistani to officiate in a century of One Day Internationals.[3]

Aleem has stood in a solitary India-Pakistan ODI match at Karachi 2006 and five Ashes Test matches. He was also one of the on-field umpires for the final of the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, standing alongside Rudi Koertzen. He was appoined to stand in the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup between Australia and Sri Lanka, where he officiated with Steve Bucknor. Dar was also selected to stand in the final of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 between Australia and England. He has never umpired a Test match in Pakistan, because his appointment in the international panel came after the introduction of neutral umpires for Test matches.

In January 2005,Aleem and his colleague Steve Bucknor, received death threats during a Test match between England and South Africa at Centurion.[4] He was also involved in a controversy during the 2007 Cricket World Cup final where he, along with fellow officials Bucknor, Koertzen, Bowden and Crowe incorrectly made Australia bowl three unnecessary overs in near darkness. Consequently, the ICC decided to suspend him, along with the other four officials, from duty for the next ICC event, which was the 2007 World Twenty20 Championship.[5]

Aleem proved his accuracy at the 2011 Cricket World Cup when all the 15 Umpire Decision Review System appeals against him were struck down.[6][7]

He was selected as one of the twenty umpires to stand in matches during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[8] During the second quarter final at Melbourne Cricket Ground between India and Bangladesh he called a no-ball against Rubel Hossain after Rohit Sharma was caught, although replays showed that the ball was a legal delivery.[9][10]


After being nominated twice in 2005 and 2006, Aleem finally won the Umpire of the Year award in October 2009, at the annual ICC awards ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.[11] By claiming the award, Aleem ended Simon Taufel's run of five successive awards. It was the first time that any umpire other than Taufel had picked up the accolade in the six years that the ceremony has taken place. In October 2010, he won the award for a second straight year.[12] In September 2011, he was named best umpire for the third consecutive year.[13] On 14 August 2010, the Government of Pakistan honoured him with the President's Award for Pride of Performance.[14] He was honoured by ICC for officiating in 150 ODIs.[15][16]


Year Award Awarded by
2009 ICC Umpire of the Year 2009 International Cricket Council
2010 ICC Umpire of the Year 2010 International Cricket Council
2011 ICC Umpire of the Year 2011 International Cricket Council
2011 Pride of Performance Award Government of Pakistan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ICC announces match officials for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015". ICC Cricket. 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Mallender and Aleem Dar to join the elite". Cricinfo. 6 February 2004. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Aleem Dar becomes 10th umpire to stand in 100 ODIs". Cricket Archive. 25 October 2007. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Umpires received death threats, reveals Bucknor". Cricinfo. 30 January 2005. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "World Cup officials banned by ICC". ESPN Cricinfo. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dar hails the use of technology". Tribune. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "10 Best Cricket Umpires of All Time in History". Sporteology. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "ICC announces match officials for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015". ICC Cricket. 2 December 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Responsible Rohit sees off Bangladesh threat". ESPN Cricinfo. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Two umpiring decisions might cost Bangladesh the quarter-final vs India". Cricketcountry. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Aleem Dar wins ICC Umpire-of-the-Year Award". The Nation. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2010. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Aleem Dar named Umpire of the Year Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  13. ^ Dar named best umpire for the third consecutive year Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  14. ^ "ICC Umpire Aleem Dar launches aid campaign for flood victims". 15 August 2010. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  15. ^ "Aleem Dar honoured by ICC for officiating in 150 ODIs | News |". 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. Pakistan's Aleem Dar has been honoured by the International Cricket Council for becoming only the seventh umpire to officiate in 150 ODIs 
  16. ^ "Aleem Dar honoured for officiating in 150 ODIs | The Asian Age". 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. Elite Panel umpire Aleem Dar has been honoured by the ICC for becoming only the seventh man to officiate in 150 ODIs [permanent dead link]

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