The Hat-trick of an Umpire – Aleem Dar

Jan 8, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Sports Buzz

We have seen many bowlers who have given hat-tricks, that is, taking 3 wickets in a row. There are many popular names in the list, including Wasim Akram, Abdul Razzaq, and Mohammad Sami from Pakistan.

However, an Umpire giving a hat-trick is something surprising for us, isn’t it? You might be wondering how can an umpire give a Hat-trick? Well, surely not in bowling, but an Umpire can certainly be on a Hat-trick in receiving the Umpire of the Year Award. Yes, we are talking about none other than the legend and the eye-catching Umpire of the year 2011, Aleem Dar.

Aleem Dar is a hero who belongs to Pakistan. Unquestionably, every Pakistani is extremely proud of him. Aleem Dar is part of the ICC Elite Umpire’s Association and has been given the Umpire of the Year Award in the year 2011 for the third consecutive time. Being one of the favorite Umpires of ICC, Aleem Dar is truly exceptional in umpiring. His decisions are always right and he has never been accused of being biased towards any of the teams.

Aleem Dar’s decisions have been challenged by some cricketers many times. A recent example of this is of Virender Sehwag, during the ICC World Cup 2011 final, when he asked for a review of Aleem Dar’s decision against the LBW given to him. The review failed and favored Dar as expected.

Being one of the two umpires to receive the ICC Umpire of the Year Award 2011, along with Simon Taufel, Aleem Dar has certainly raised made Pakistan proud. The International Cricket Council has been always impressed with his decision-making and this brought him under the spotlight in the World Cup of 2003.

In 2007, Aleem Dar umpired his 100th ODI and became one of the only ten umpires to have done that in the history of international cricket. Dar has stood as an umpire in several important and historical matches, including a couple of Pakistan vs. India matches and five Ashes Test matches. However, he has not stood in any of the Test matches in Pakistan as he is a part of the ICC Elite Umpire Panel which requires neutral umpires. For him, the ICC World Cup 2011 was historic because all the 15 decision review appeals against him were unsuccessful. This shows that his umpiring skills are God-gifted. After the ICC Awards 2011, he brought a smile on every Pakistani ‘s face and made them even more happy when he dedicated his award to the flood and dengue virus victims in Pakistan. Aleem Dar is a true legend our country is proud to behold.

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