Pakistan’s most respected and distinguished cricket Umpire Aleem Dar on Monday said that standing in his first T20 international at home is going to be a memorable feeling as he has never supervised a T20 match in his own country. “It is going to be a different event as it has its own significance and is going to be a memorable moment of my career”, he said while talking to APP here on Monday.
He stood as umpire in as many as 41 T20 international games abroad but not in one match at the Pakistani soil.
Aleem has the unique distinction of being the recipient of ‘ICC umpire of the year’ thrice in recognition of his excellence in the field of umpiring. “I have achieved a number of milestones in my umpiring career but standing in my own home ground will be something which I will always cherish in my memories as I have supervised a lot of T20 games abroad”, he said.
Aleem from Lahore welcomed the return of international cricket to Pakistan and said he was delighted to see that the deadlock has been broken and international cricket is being played in the country. “It is a historic moment that ICC chosen World XI having noted players from seven cricket playing countries is playing in Pakistan and definitely it is going to have a long lasting impact on country’s cricket”, he said.
He said the credit to bring back international cricket to Pakistan goes to the games ruling body, the ICC and Pakistan Cricket Board as collective efforts were made by these bodies to help address the cause of international cricket in Pakistan. Aleem said the tour of World XI will be a defining moment in Pakistan cricket and it will give a tremendous boost to PCB efforts for the overall development of the game.
Aleem will only be supervising the opening encounter between World XI and Pakistan on September 12, along with Ahsan Raza (on field) and Shozab Raza (third umpire).The ICC has appointed Sir Richie Richardson as the match referee of the series. After umpiring the Match, Aleem will fly to Dubai to attend Umpire workshop being held there under the aegis of the ICC.
The rest of the matches of independence cup series between Pak and World XI will be supervised by the home umpires.—APP