The remarkable and renowned umpire — Aleem Dar — has reached yet another milestone in cricketing history.
Aleem Dar has now successfully supervised 350 international matches. He achieved this feat after he officiated Pakistan’s third T20 international against West Indies in Karachi.
After achieving the milestone, Aleem recorded a video message and thanked his country. He said:
I’m thankful to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), ICC and this country because whatever I am today is because of Pakistan. I gained respect due to Pakistan.
He also humbly added:
Pakistan has given me the Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz. I am thankful to the people of this beautiful nation who have always prayed for me.
I request them to continue praying for me so I can make Pakistan proud again.
The three-time International Cricket Council umpire of the year — in 2009, 2010 and 2011 — has spent 18 years to reach this milestone, a career which is truly worthy of praise.
Dar’s most prominent series was perhaps the 2010-11 Ashes series and he made some remarkable decisions despite being put under pressure.
Here is a reminder of his Dar’s brilliance from that series:
He is joined by Rudi Koertzen of South Africa (331), Steve Bucknor of West Indies (309) and New Zealand’s Billy Bowden (308) in crossing the 300 mark in international matches.