The second Ashes test match turned out to be yet another milestone for the great Aleem Dar. History was created at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground as Aleem Dar now equals the world record of Steve Bucknor’s 128 test matches.
Steve Bucknor who became a test umpire in 1989 holds the record of administering as much as 128 matches in Test Cricket. Bucknor retired from international cricket in 2009. He was one of the most respected and consistent umpire the world has ever seen. For Aleem Dar it is a great honor to reach the next level of greatness.
The career of Aleem Dar has been impeccable. His clinical precision in making the toughest of decisions in all formats of the game has elevated him to the status of one of world’s best umpires. Dar is the only Pakistani who got recognition at the highest level.
Commenting on his achievement he said, “It’s a great honor to equal the number of Test matches of my role model, umpire Steve Bucknor.” He also thanked PCB, ICC, his colleagues and especially his family at home for supporting and praying for him.
Aleem Dar started his cricket as a leg spinner. He took 11 wickets in his 17 first-class games. At the age of 31 he officiated his first ODI in 2000 in Gujranwala. Within a few years he rose to international prominence. He also has the honor of umpiring all World cups since 2003. He is also one of the three umpires to reach 200 One Day Internationals (ODIs). He has also 43 T20s to his credit.
It’s a proud moment not only for Aleem Dar but also for the entire Pakistani nation. His achievement will encourage and inspire the youth of Pakistan to work hard with devotion and dedication. If we are focused and persistent nothing can stop us from achieving great landmarks. With Ashes Series only into its 2nd test, Aleem Dar is all set to break Bucknor’s record.