Aleem Dar gets ‘guard of honour’ as he officiates his final Test match
Aleem Dar officiated in his final Test as an ICC Elite Panel umpire today
Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar was given a ‘guard of honour’ as he officiated his last match as an ICC Elite Panel umpire, between Bangladesh and Ireland, on Friday in Mirpur.
Dar’s exit from the elite panel after 19 years was confirmed by the ICC on March 16.
Bangladesh and Ireland’s players lined up in a guard of honour for Aleem Dar as he officiated for the last time during the one-off Test.
The 54-year-old walked off the field one last time, we honour his unwavering dedication, fairness and passion for the game.
Dar has left a rich legacy behind.
A special moment for one of the greatest umpires of all time. Bangladesh and Ireland line up in a guard of honour for Aleem Dar who's officiated in his last Test as an ICC Elite Panel umpire #BANvsIRE #Cricket pic.twitter.com/NwDtrTpSIY
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) April 7, 2023
A journey of 145 Tests! Aleem Dar, the greatest ever. Congratulations on an exceptional career as ICC Elite Panel Umpire 👏👏 #BANvIRE pic.twitter.com/0TKOhf2jHq
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) April 7, 2023
Aleem Dar holds the record for officiating 436 international matches, including four World Cup finals.
“Dar has had a long and celebrated career as an international umpire. He made his international debut in 2000 and quickly rose through the ranks, with his sound decisions in matches earning him acclaim from the players and fans,” the ICC said.
“Dar was appointed to the ICC International Panel of Umpires in 2002 and officiated at the 2003 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa. Dar continued his rise as he was appointed as a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires in 2004. He was the first Pakistani to be appointed to the Elite Panel,” ICC added.