Aleem Dar was successful in winning the David Shepherd Trophy for 3 consecutive years from 2009 to 2011. He umpired in many big ICC events. He was the first umpire from Pakistan to make it to the Elite Panel of the ICC.
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New Delhi. Pakistan’s veteran umpire Aleem Dar, who has officiated in 4 World Cup finals including 435 international matches, has decided to step down from the ICC Elite Panel. The 54-year-old Dar, who was on the elite panel for nearly 19 years, officiated in the 2007, 2011 ODI World Cup finals and the 2010 and 2012 T20 World Cup finals. Dar was the first umpire from Pakistan to make it to the Elite Panel of the ICC.
Dar umpired in 222 ODIs, 144 Tests and 69 T20 matches. During this, he also played the responsibility in ODI World Cup 5 times and T20 World Cup 7 times. He was also successful in winning the David Shepherd Trophy for three consecutive years from 2009 to 2011.
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Career continues as international umpire
Talking to the ICC, Dar said that it has been a long journey, but I have enjoyed every moment. Got the honor of umpiring around the world. Aleem Dar further said that whatever I achieved, I had never thought about it even in my dreams. He has also made it clear that he has left the elite panel, not umpiring.
most important to keep learning
Dar said that I am still eager to continue my career as an international umpire. After 19 years, it was the right time to walk away from the elite panel and give a chance to someone else. He further said that my message to all the umpires of the world is to work hard. Maintain discipline and never stop learning.
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Number of umpires increased in elite panel
Aleem Dar also thanked the ICC, Pakistan Cricket Board and all his colleagues on the panel. Meanwhile, the number of umpires in the Elite Panel of ICC was increased to 12. Adrian Holdstock of South Africa and Ahsan Raza of Pakistan were included in the elite panel.