Aleem Dar (Punjabi/Urdu: علیم ڈار; born 6 June 1968) is a Pakistani cricket umpire and former cricketer. He is a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. He won the David Shepherd Trophy three years in a row from 2009 to 2011, after being nominated twice in 2005 and 2006. Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus, Richard Kettleborough, Kumar Dharmasena and Simon Taufel were the only umpires to have received the award from its inception until 2017. Before becoming an umpire, he played first-class cricket as a right-handed batsman and a leg-break bowler for Allied Bank, Gujranwala, Lahore and Pakistan Railways.
Dar umpiring during the 2017–18 Ashes
|Full name||Aleem Sarwar Dar|
|Born||6 June 1968|
Jhang, Punjab, Pakistan
|Bowling||Right-arm leg spin|
|Domestic team information|
|1995||Allied Bank Limited|
|First-class debut||8 February 1987 Pakistan Railways v ADBP|
|Last First-class||6 December 1997 Gujranwala v Bahawalpur|
|List A debut||29 September 1986 Pakistan Railways v United Bank Limited|
|Last List A||23 March 1998 Gujranwala v Malaysia|
|Tests umpired||132 (2003–2020)|
|ODIs umpired||208 (2000–2020)|
|T20Is umpired||46 (2009–2019)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 8 June 2020
Aleem is best known as an international cricket umpire. He made his international umpiring debut in an ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Gujranwala on 16 February 2000. In 2002 he became a member of ICC's International Panel of umpires. He was chosen to umpire at the ICC Cricket World Cup.
In April 2004, he became the first Pakistani to be part of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. He was nominated for the ICC Umpire of the year Award in 2005 and 2006, beaten on both occasions by the Australian Simon Taufel. On 17 October 2007 Aleem umpired in his 100th ODI (between India and Australia at Mumbai), making him the tenth umpire in the history of cricket to reach that landmark. He reached the landmark in a record time, taking just seven years, and became the first Pakistani to officiate in a century of One Day Internationals.
Aleem has stood in a solitary India-Pakistan ODI match at Karachi 2006 and five Ashes Test matches. He was also one of the on-field umpires for the final of the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, standing alongside Rudi Koertzen. He was appointed to stand in the final of the 2007 Cricket World Cup between Australia and Sri Lanka, where he officiated with Steve Bucknor. Dar was also selected to stand in the final of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 between Australia and England .
In January 2005, Aleem and his colleague Steve Bucknor, received death threats during a Test match between England and South Africa at Centurion. He was also involved in a controversy during the 2007 Cricket World Cup final where he, along with fellow officials Bucknor, Koertzen, Bowden and Crowe incorrectly made Australia bowl three unnecessary overs in near darkness. Consequently, the ICC decided to suspend him, along with the other four officials, from duty for the next ICC event, which was the 2007 World Twenty20 Championship.
He was selected as one of the twenty umpires to stand in matches during the 2015 Cricket World Cup. In April 2019, he was named as one of the sixteen umpires to stand in matches during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The following month, in the second match of the 2019 Ireland Tri-Nation Series, he became the third umpire, and first from Pakistan, to officiate in 200 ODIs.
After being nominated twice in 2005 and 2006, Aleem finally won the Umpire of the Year award in October 2009, at the annual ICC awards ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa. By claiming the award, Aleem ended Simon Taufel's run of five successive awards. It was the first time that any umpire other than Taufel had picked up the accolade in the six years that the ceremony has taken place. In October 2010, he won the award for a second straight year. In September 2011, he was named best umpire for the third consecutive year. On 14 August 2010, the Government of Pakistan honoured him with the President's Award for Pride of Performance.
- "Dar named best umpire for the third consecutive year". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN.
- "Aleem Dar set to break record for most Tests as umpire". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 December 2019.
- "ICC announces match officials for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015". International Cricket Council. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- "Mallender and Aleem Dar to join the elite". Cricinfo. 6 February 2004. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
- "Aleem Dar becomes 10th umpire to stand in 100 ODIs" (Press release). International Cricket Council. 25 October 2007. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015 – via Wisden India.
- "Umpires received death threats, reveals Bucknor". Cricinfo. 30 January 2005. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
- "World Cup officials banned by ICC". ESPNcricinfo. 22 June 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- "Dar hails the use of technology". The Express Tribune. Karachi. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- "10 Best Cricket Umpires of All Time in History". Sporteology. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- "Match officials for ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 announced" (Press release). International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
- "Umpire Ian Gould to retire after World Cup". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
- "Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar to officiate in his 200th ODI". Daily Times. Lahore. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
- "Aleem Dar wins ICC Umpire-of-the-Year Award". The Nation. Lahore. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
- Aleem Dar named Umpire of the Year Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 October 2010.
- Dar named best umpire for the third consecutive year ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
- "ICC Umpire Aleem Dar launches aid campaign for flood victims". Geo News. Karachi. 15 August 2010. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
- "Aleem Dar honoured by ICC for officiating in 150 ODIs". NDTV Sports. 2012. Archived from the original on 2 July 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
Pakistan's Aleem Dar has been honoured by the International Cricket Council for becoming only the seventh umpire to officiate in 150 ODIs
- "Aleem Dar honoured for officiating in 150 ODIs". The Asian Age. 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
Elite Panel umpire Aleem Dar has been honoured by the ICC for becoming only the seventh man to officiate in 150 ODIs[permanent dead link]