Pakistan’s Aleem Dar has become the world’s first umpire to officiate for 25 consecutive years in a record 551 matches.

Born on June 6, 1968 in Gujranwala, Aleem Sarwar Dar made his debut as an umpire on February 16, 2000 in the ODI match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Gujranwala. He soon found a place in the International Cricket Council (ICC) International Panel, from there becoming part of the Elite Panel.

On October 21, 2003, he supervised the Test match between England and Bangladesh in Dhaka. On May 7, 2009, he started umpiring in T20 between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai Stadium.


Dar, who has been awarded the best umpire in the world three times, has umpired in 231 ODI matches, 145 Test matches and 70 T20 matches.

He received the Pride of Performance award in 2010 and the star award from the Government of Pakistan in 2013. He also has the honor of umpiring in five T20 World Cups. Aleem Dar oversaw the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2006 and 2009, and was present in the finals of the ODI World Cup in 2007 and 2011. The final of Women’s World Cup in 2009 is also to his credit.

He is also among the top three umpires who have officiated in 100 Test matches at the youngest age. Umpiring in the World Cup final at the youngest age is also his record. A member of the ICC Elite Panel for 19 consecutive years, Aleem Dar was nominated for the World’s Best Umpires six times.

In 2008, he was named the best Asian umpire by the Asian Cricket Council.

Aleem Dar received the World’s Best Umpire Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011 by the International Cricket Council. Aleem Dar was part of the field umpiring panel along with Ahs Raza in the rain-affected Pakistan-New Zealand T20I on Thursday. When he took to the field, he had a total of 25 years and 2 months in umpiring at that time.