Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar has set a new world record of most ODI matches officiated as he is standing in his 210th match today. Previously this record was held by South African Rudi Koertzen who has officiated 209 matches in his career.
The 52 years old umpire from Jhang already holds the same record for the Test matches and if all the three formats of cricket are combined, he is way ahead of his compatriots. In T20Is he does not hold the world record as he is three matches behind his countryman Ahsan Raza who has appeared in 49 matches.
Aleem Dar breaks the record for most ODIs as an on-field umpire 🙌
Aleem Dar ➜ 210
Rudi Koertzen ➜ 209
Billy Bowden ➜ 200
Steve Bucknor ➜ 181
Daryl Harper, Simon Taufel ➜ 174
— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2020
Aleem Dar has also played first class cricket for Pakistan for more than a decade as an all=rounder before taking up the role of umpire. He made his ODI umpiring debut in Pakistan when Pakistan took on Sri Lanka in Gujranwala in February 2000.
In 2019 he surpassed his idol and legendary umpire Steve Bucknor to the top position on the list of Test umpires. He has got the record of officiating 132 Test matches. Overall Aleem Dar has officiated 387 international matches which are the most matches by any umpire ever.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 1, 2020
Adrian Griffith, ICC’s senior Manager Umpires and Referees has congratulated Aleem Dar on achieving this milestone and also wished him good luck for the future. Aleem Dar said that it is a great honour for him to be on top of both the Test and ODI cricket. He also said that when he started umpiring in International matches, he never thought of reaching this far.
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