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Watch: Aleem Dar Receives Guard of Honour in His Last Test Match

Aleem Dar Receives Guard of Honour in His Last Test Match

Renowned Pakistani umpire, Aleem Dar, bid farewell to his 19-year career as an ICC Elite Panel umpire with a guard of honour in his last Test match officiating the fixture between Bangladesh and Ireland in Mirpur. The match ended with Bangladesh’s victory on the final day, chasing down a target of 138 runs.

Dar’s exit from the elite panel was confirmed by the ICC on March 16, after an illustrious career spanning two decades. He made his international debut in 2000 and quickly climbed the ranks, earning acclaim from players and fans for his sound decisions in matches.

Dar’s appointment to the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2004 made him the first Pakistani to hold the position. He also officiated at the 2003 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa, and over the course of his career, he umpired a total of 438 international matches.

ICC CEO Geoff Allardice lauded Dar’s contributions to international cricket and the ICC, stating that his consistently elite performances over such a long period earned him enormous respect across all involved in international cricket. Allardice wished Aleem all the best for the future, and he is sure that his involvement in the game will continue for many years to come.

During his career, Dar was voted the ICC Umpire of the Year for three consecutive years between 2009 and 2011, shedding light on his journey as an umpire. Dar expressed that he enjoyed every bit of his long journey and felt privileged to have umpired around the world. He also added that stepping away from the Elite panel after 19 years was the right decision to provide an opportunity to someone from the International Panel.

Dar’s message to umpires worldwide was to work hard, maintain discipline, and never stop learning. His contributions to international cricket and the ICC have been remarkable, making him an umpiring legend who will be remembered for years to come.

Here is the video of Aleem Dar receiving guard of honour

Aleem Dar’s exit from the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires marks the end of an era in international cricket umpiring. His outstanding career and contributions to the game will be remembered for years to come.

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