Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar has broken Steve Bucknor’s record of most Tests as an umpire. The 51-year-old is standing in his 129th Test match as an on-field umpire.
He stood in his first Test in Dhaka in 2003 during England’s tour of Bangladesh. He started in 2000 during Pakistan’s home ODI series against Sri Lanka. Dar has officiated in 207 ODIs and is only two matches shy of the record of 209 matches in that format.
Aleem Dar while talking about his achievement said that “this is one milestone I had never thought of when I began my umpiring career. It is a truly amazing feeling and a high point of my life when I take the field here in Australia; thousands of miles from where I started my international career at home in Gujranwala.”
“Steve Bucknor was my idol and it is only sinking in now that I will have officiated in more Test matches than him. In the nearly two decades of my international career, I have had the good fortune of watching some memorable matches and achievements like Brian Lara’s Test knock of 400 not out and South Africa’s epic chase of Australia’s score of 434 in an ODI in Johannesburg in 2006.
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