Aleem Dar Retirement: Pakistan’s veteran umpire Aleem Dar announced his retirement from his 19-year-long umpiring career. Aleem Dar played the role of umpire in a record 435 international men’s matches. With this, Adrian Holdstock of South Africa and Ehsan Raza of Pakistan have been included in the list of umpires of the ICC Elite Panel.
Aleem Dar has been a part of the Elite Panel since 2002, when the list was first announced for umpires. Aleem Dar is in the first place in terms of playing the role of umpire in Tests and ODIs, while in T20 Internationals he is in second place after his own countryman Ehsan Raza.
During his umpiring career, Aleem Dar won the David Shepherd Trophy thrice. Apart from this, Aleem Dar played the role of on-field umpire in the finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and 2011.
This is the perfect time to say goodbye to this profession
Regarding his decision to say goodbye to the career of umpiring, Aleem Dar said in his statement to the ICC that it has been a very long journey for me. Whatever I have achieved during this career of umpiring, I could never have imagined before. I think it is the right time to say goodbye to this profession after 19 years. My only message to other umpires is to keep working hard and never stop learning.
Dar further said in his statement that I take this opportunity to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and my colleagues in the panel for their continued support. I would also like to thank my family, without whose support I could carry out this responsibility for so long.
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