As much as the players are important in the world of cricket, the umpires are also important. Big news is coming out about an umpire who is among the best and most expensive umpires in international cricket. That umpire is none other than Pakistan’s veteran umpire Aleem Dar. He has resigned from the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. Along with this, his remarkable umpiring career has also come to an end. Dar, 54, represented the panel for 19 years. He holds the record of umpiring 435 men’s international matches.
Aleem Dar also played in the 2007 and 2011 ODI World Cup finals as well as the 2010 and 2012 T20 World Cup finals.
Aleem Dar’s ‘Punch’ journey
Former Pakistan player Aleem Dar (Aleem Dar stepped down from the icc elite panel of Umpires) made his debut as an international umpire in an ODI match in the year 2000. Also, he was the first umpire to make it to the ICC’s elite panel. He played the role of umpire in 144 Tests, 222 ODIs and 69 T20 Internationals. In between, he had five times in 50 over World Cup and 7 times in T20 World Cup. Dar was also successful in winning the David Shepherd Trophy in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Statement by Aleem Dar
Speaking to ICC, Aleem Dar said, “It has been a long journey. However, I have enjoyed every part of this journey. I have had the pleasure and honor of doing panchgiri all over the world. Also, I never dreamed of what I have achieved. However, I am still keen to continue my career as an international umpire. I thought it was the right time to step away from the elite panel after 19 years and give someone a chance. My message to umpires around the world is to work hard, stay disciplined and never stop learning.”
“I would like to thank the ICC, the Pakistan Cricket Board and our colleagues on the panel for their support over the years. I would also like to thank my family, whose support would have made it possible for me to undertake such a long journey,” added Dar.
Salary of Aleem Dar
Umpire Aleem Dar, who has been a member of the ICC’s elite panel, is counted among the expensive umpires. Even though he has resigned now, according to media reports, he used to take Rs 3,77,567 for a Test match. Also, Rs 2,26,540 for ODI matches and Rs 1,13,270 for T20 International matches. Not only this, but his annual salary was a whopping Rs 75,51,350.
The number of umpires in the panel has risen up to 12 from 11
— ICC (@ICC) March 16, 2023
Two new umpires in ICC’s elite panel
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Adrian Holdstock and Pakistan’s Ahsan Raza have been added to the elite panel of umpires. Thus the number of umpires in the elite panel has increased to 12. (big news aleem dar stepped down from the icc elite panel of umpires)