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Aleem Dar set to break record for most Tests as umpire

The 51-year-old stands in his 129th Test match as on-field umpire. Photo: AFPPakistan s elite umpire Aleem Dar will break Jamacian Steve Bucknor s record of most Test matches as an umpire in the first Test match between Australia and New Zealand, which commences in Perth on Thursday.The 51-year-old, who took up umpiring after a decade of playing first-class cricket in Pakistan, stands in his 129th Test match as on-field umpire since his debut in Dhaka in 2003 during England s tour of Bangladesh.Starting his international career in 2000 during Pakistan s home ODI series against Sri Lanka, Dar has officiated in 207 One Day Internationals and is only two matches shy of the record of 209 matches in that format held by Rudi Koertzen of South Africa. Dar has also officiated in 46 Twenty20 Internationals. 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 Aus thousands of miles from where I started my international career at home in Gujranwala, Dar said. 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. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them as well as the International Cricket Council and the Pakistan Cricket Board for giving me the chances I got, he said.


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