Aleem Dar set to break Steve Bucknor’s record for most Tests as umpire

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After making his debut as an on-field umpire in Dhaka in 2003 during England's tour of Bangladesh, the 51-year-old will be standing in his 129th Test match. File Photo: PTI

Not just the players but in cricket, even the umpires hold and break records and by umpiring in the first Test match between Australia and New Zealand, beginning in Perth on Thursday (December 12), Pakistan’s Aleem Dar will break Steve Bucknor’s record of most Test matches as an umpire.

After making his debut as an on-field umpire in Dhaka in 2003 during England’s tour of Bangladesh, the 51-year-old will be standing in his 129th Test match. He took up umpiring after a decade of playing first-class cricket in Pakistan and has officiated 46 T20 Internationals.

After starting his career in 2000 during the Pakistans home ODI series against Sri Lanka, Dar has officiated in 207 ODIs and is only two matches shy of the record of 209 matches in that format held by Rudi Koertzen of South Africa.

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“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 Australia; thousands of miles from where I started my international career at home in Gujranwala,” said Dar in an ICC statement.

“Steve Bucknor was my idol and it is only sinking in now that I will have officiated in more Test matches than him. In the nearly two decades of my international career, I have had the good fortune of watching some memorable matches and achievements like Brian Laras 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,” he added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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