ICC Awards 2011 September 12, 2011

Dar named best umpire for the third consecutive year

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar has won the David Shepherd trophy for the Umpire of the Year for the third consecutive year at the ICC Awards ceremony in London. He beat competition from Steve Davis, Ian Gould and five-time winner Simon Taufel.

Dar, 43, officiated in five Tests and 13 ODIs during the voting period - August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011 - including the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.

Widely regarded for his umpiring standards, Dar was voted to the award by the 10 Full Member captains as well as the eight-man elite panel of match referees.

"It's a great honour and I'm thankful to everyone at the ICC and also my colleagues on the Elite Panel of ICC umpires along with the Pakistan Cricket Board," Dar said. "I'd like to also thank all my family for all their support since I'm away nearly eight months of the year umpiring."

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  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    aala ALEEM DAR Whole PAKISTAN is proud ov u ..........

  • V.L on September 15, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Well he was the best by a long shot and truly deserved it. Congratulations Mr.Dar :)

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    well done sir...u made us feel proud

  • Farhan on September 14, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    With umpires like Aleem Dar, who needs DRS!

    Well done, many congratulations.....u deserve it!

  • g on September 14, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Well deserved! Great to have such a good umpire. Taufel and Dar have been outstanding for quite sometime!! I see a few suggesting Rauf, but i have seen quite a few bad ones from him..he has some distance to match the above 2.

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    well done aleem dar.we proud of u.pakistan zindabad

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Congratulation for 3rd time International Umpire award. It is great honor for Pakistan

  • irfan on September 14, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    I think Osman sami should write and article about his achievements. come on Osman he deserves alot more.

  • Syed Arbab on September 14, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Why Asad Rauf was not even nominated? I don't remember a single bad decision from him this year, Nadeem gauri should also be inducted in the elite panel.

  • Pleasure on September 14, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    wow over 120 comments mostly positive for the best umpire award. It seems like ICC only got this decision right among all other awards this year.... Job well done Mr. Aleem Da, keep it going full speed, because Asad Rauf is not that far behind....

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