Full name Aleem Sarwar Dar
Born June 6, 1968, Jhang, Punjab
Current age 48 years 233 days
Major teams Allied Bank, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Lahore, Pakistan Railways
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|First-class span||1986/87 - 1997/98|
|List A span||1986/87 - 1997/98|
|Test debut||Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Oct 21-25, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Cape Town, Jan 2-5, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gujranwala, Feb 16, 2000 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v England at Dhaka, Oct 9, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), May 7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Afghanistan v West Indies at Nagpur, Mar 27, 2016 scorecard|
As a middle-order batsman and legspinner, Aleem Dar's playing career spanned a decade without ever really taking off, but that is in stark contrast to his umpiring. In 2000 he stood in his first ODI aged 32 and within two years he had been appointed to the ICC panel. In 2003 he officiated in the World Cup, emerging with his reputation enhanced, and his Test debut followed in October of that year, immediately winning plaudits for making sounds decisions in tough matches in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It was not to anyone's surprise when, six months laterm he was promoted to the ICC's elite panel. Since then he has earned a reputation as one of the best, and with Simon Taufel he represents the pick of the younger officials. In April 2007 he stood in the World Cup final, but the farcical finale of that match - and his role in misinterpreting the rules regarding bad light - led to his suspension for the Twenty20 World Championships in September.
Unlike most of his colleagues, Dar continued to play the game, albeit not at the highest level, while standing in international matches, and he reportedly scored 82 the day after umpiring a Test in Mumbai in 2004. He is less demonstrative than some of his colleagues as well. He signals fours with an economical wave, and gives a nod before giving a batsman out. That aside, he remains unobtrusive, which is no bad thing for an umpire.
Martin Williamson April 2007
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