Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar has completed a total of 200 ODI matches after he officiated the second match of the Ireland tri-series between Bangladesh and the West Indies in Dublin on Tuesday.
In a press release from International Cricket Council, the body congratulated Aleem who will be completing 20 years of his umpiring career next year. Alongside his 200 ODI matches, he has also umpired in 125 Test matches – second highest for any umpire; additionally he has officiated 43 T20 matches, record highest by any umpire internationally.
👏 Congratulations to Aleem Dar, who is officiating his 200th ODI today! 👏 pic.twitter.com/nK0scBiKOZ
— ICC (@ICC) May 7, 2019
ICC’s Senior Manager for Umpires and Referees, Adrian Griffith said, “Aleem has been one of our most reliable umpires who has performed his duties consistently over a long period. The length of his career shows his quality and reflects our belief in him and the role he plays as a custodian of the game.”
Aleem has been a part of ICC Elite Panel since 2004 and has distinctively umpired two World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011. This time around it will be his fifth world cup in the upcoming 2019 cup.
Managing Director PCB, Wasim Khan also extended his well wishes to the veteran umpire. In an official statement, Wasim said, “On behalf of the PCB and all cricket fans, I want to congratulate Aleem on the magnificent achievement of officiating in 200 ODIs. This feat is testament to Aleem’s skill, judgment and commitment to excellence.”