Full Name

Aleem Sarwar Dar


June 06, 1968, Jhang, Punjab


53y 225d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style





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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A181231793719.8800170
List A18634475153/273/2731.664.4942.2000
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatUmpireTV Umpire
List A2424
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Aleem Dar, in his 400th international match as on-field umpire, and Ahmed Shah Pakteen walk out
Amir Hamza bowls as umpire Aleem Dar looks on
Umpire Ahmed Shah Pakteen (right) was on Test debut in the first Afghanistan-Zimbabwe game
Anrich Nortje found no success in the morning session
Aleem Dar awarded five penalty runs to New Zealand for David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne running on the pitch
Aleem Dar signals five penalty runs to New Zealand for David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne running on the pitch