Pakistan Cricket Umpire Aleem Dar breaks record for most no. of ODIs as an umpire

PAK vs ZIM 2nd ODI: The second ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe on Sunday is the 210th of Aleem Dar's umpiring career, surpassing South African umpire Rudi Koertzen od 209 ODI's Cap.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Nov 01, 2020 16:19 IST
Pakistan Cricket Umpire Aleem Dar breaks record for most no. of ODIs as an umpire
Aleem Dar breaks record for most no. of ODIs as an umpire

PAK vs ZIM 2nd ODI: Pakistani Cricket Umpire Aleem Dar broke the record for the most One-Day Internationals(ODI) as umpire when he stood in the second ODI playing between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi. This is the 210th ODI of his career, he surpassed South African umpire Rudi Koertzen, who stood in 209 ODI's. The 2nd match of the ODI series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe is enhancing at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi today.

Umpire Aleem Dar receive a souvenir ahead of the second ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi.

The Pakistani umpire already holds the record for the most Internationals as an umpire (387), and the most Test matches as an umpire (132). The first ODI he stood in as an Umpire, the match was played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Gujranwala, back in February 2000. Aleem Dar is also the second in the leaderboard for T20I's, behind his fellow countrywoman Ahsan Raza.

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“It is a matter of great honour for me to be on the top of the list of both Tests and ODIs for umpires. When I had started out in the profession, I had never imagined I would get this far. I can only say that I have enjoyed every moment on the field and learning has been an ongoing process all this while,” Aleem was quoted as saying by ICC.

“We congratulate Aleem on the milestone and wish him all the best for the upcoming game and series. We are sure many aspiring match officials look up to Aleem, and he will continue to inspire the next generation,” Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager Umpires and Referees, said.

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Pakistan taking on Zimbabwe at Rawalpindi. Pakistan had already taken a 1-0 lead over Zimbabwe in the three-match series