Dar said upon receiving the award: “It’s a great honour and I’m thankful to everyone at the ICC and also my colleagues on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires along with the Pakistan Cricket Board. I’d like to also thank all my family for all their support since I’m away nearly eight months of the year umpiring.”
Dar is a living example that when you do something with complete honesty and full dedication and hard work, you get rewarded at the highest level. We wish fellow countrymen, Asif and Salman Butt would have learnt something from him. Amir, I deliberately exempt because he was very young and must have been lured in by his captain – he might have thought that if I bowl a No Ball, its just one run and my team isn’t loosing the match because of that one run. Besides, the captain could have also told him to bowl a No Ball to give the impression of sloppy bowling to the batsman and then all of a sudden surprise him with a great in-swinging yorker. But then again this could all be my wishful thinking.
Aleem Dar made his debut as an international ICC umpire in 2000 and joined the ICC Elite Panel in 2004. He is considered one of the finest umpires in the game and is especially known for his decisions always surviving the Decision Review system. His decisions are hardly wrong and teams think twice before challenging them. This must also give the players and captains a certain peice of mind while playing. When you are a batsman at the crease and doubt the capabilities of an umpire, you always fear a ball brushing you shirt and umpire giving it as a caught behind or something. But when as a player you know that the guy in the center is the best, you don’t have such worries in the back of your mind and can play peacefully. The match between Pakistan and Canada at the 2011 Worldcup was an example of worst umpiring. Imagine what kind of peace of mind the players would have had in that match.
During the last year Dar stood in five Tests and 13 ODIs including the Worldcup in the India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He was also one of the on field umpires in the Worldcup final between India and Sri Lanka.