Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has nominated Aleem Dar to the International Cricket Council (ICC) International Panel of Umpires.
Dar’s appointment comes after the PCB had a detailed internal discussion and consensus to recommend him for the position.
Aleem Dar replaces Ahsan Raza on ICC Umpire Panel:
Aleem Dar has replaced Ahsan Raza on the panel, as Raza has been promoted to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. Dar’s appointment to the International Panel of Umpires means he will continue to be eligible to umpire in international matches, including Pakistan’s home international fixtures, as well as the upcoming ICC Major Events.
ICC rules for International Panel of Umpires:
As per the ICC regulations, match officials on the international panel are only qualified to officiate in international matches. Match officials in this panel are nominated by the ICC Members.
Bilal Qureshi’s Comment:
Bilal Qureshi, PCB Manager – Umpires and Referees, said, “The PCB had a detailed internal discussion on Aleem Dar and there was a consensus to recommend him to the ICC’s International Panel of Umpires as a PCB nominee so that international cricket can continue to benefit from his wealth of experience and knowledge. Furthermore, the PCB will continue to involve him in its domestic season so that it can develop and groom its own emerging umpires under his tutelage.”
World Record Holder:
Dar has officiated in a world record 439 international matches, including 145 Tests, 225 ODIs, and 69 T20Is, since being included in the elite panel in 2004. He has also umpired in five ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, seven ICC Men’s T20 World Cups, and five ICC Champions Trophy events, including the finals of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2007 and 2011, ICC Champions Trophy 2009, and ICC Men’s T20 World Cups 2010 and 2012.
Pakistan’s Other Umpires:
Pakistan’s other three umpires on the international panel are Faisal Khan Afridi, Mohammad Asif Yaqoob, and Rashid Riaz Waqar. With Dar’s inclusion, the PCB looks to continue developing and grooming their own emerging umpires under his tutelage.