Pakistani Umpire Aleem Dar has equaled Steve Bucknor’s record of officiating 128 Test matches when he took the field in the second Test match between England and Australia at Lords, on Thursday 15 August.
In a statement to ICC, Aleem Dar said, “It’s a great honour to equal the number of Test matches of my role model, umpire Steve Bucknor”.
“I am thankful to Almighty God, ICC, PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board), my colleagues, my coaches, my club P&T and especially thanks to my family as without their help it was not easy to achieve this”, he further added.
51-years-old, Dar has featured in 17 first-class games in Pakistan during his playing days, taking 11 wickets with his leg-spin.
He stood in his first ODI in 2000 at the age of 31, at Gujranwala and made his Test debut in a match between Bangladesh and England in Dhaka in October 2003.
He has been an umpire at all ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup events since 2003. He is also one of only three umpires to have officiated in 200 ODIs.