Much debate is going between Cricket huddles about the implementation of UDRS (Umpire Decision Review System), BCCI is not ready to adapt the system as they cant trust the technology while other Boards consider it expensive enough to accommodate, as two-camera system of UDRS costs $6000/Day and four-camera system of UDRS costs $10,000/Day [i.e a Test match will cost 30,000 Dollars to 50,000 Dollars], and it doesn't stop here Cricket Boards even require security clearance to use this technology which takes 3 to 4 months. Lets say if UDRS becomes mandatory then who knows Cricket might require another Umpire to run the system because you cant rely on Broadcasters as they can forge or hide facts to alter the decision.
Amid debates related to UDRS and functioning of officiating matches, there stands a man who doesn't even need gadgets to make decisions, his every decision is spot-on and welcomed by players and gets "thumbs-up" by audience. Born in Jhang in 1968, he started to play Cricket as a batsman and leg-break bowler but soon he decided to scrutinize cricket instead of playing it, and today he is known as Aleem Sarwar Dar. Yes! Aleem Dar, the number one ICC Umpire to stand in any format, any tournament and at any venue, the current incumbent of two consecutive ICC titles, and only second Umpire in the world to have ICC's award for Best Umpire of the Year. He made his debut in Gujranwala 2000 and later officiated his first World Cup in 2003 and since then he has been most wanted Umpire by every country. Today, every country prefers him to be an official in their match.
Aleem Dar's calmness, tranquility and sedative behaviour on the field is delight to watch, his gestures of waving and raising arms add as catalyst in magnificence of batsman's stroke. The sweet nod he gives, before raising finger, my words! it rejoices your cricketing soul even before the celebration is done by bowler or batsman walks out. He takes his time in giving decisions as he has all the time in the world, Yes! All the time in the world. Who needs to spend money on Hot-spot, Hawk-eye, Dart-fish and Snicko when you have Aleem Dar officiating the match, he is bull's eyes even on slimy and unseen snicks, his eyes can zoom as good as Nikon, and his ear work as electro-acoustic on mute-edges. The man is itself a gadget on Cricket field, a scrutinizing scanner to suss out batsman's failure and bowler's triumph, an absolute application to be used in cell phones if he were a gadget in literal sense. With Aleem Dar on field all the mysteries, created by bowlers and batsmen, penetrated!
In spite of being number one Umpire, he is so down to earth that he doesn't even mind the rudeness of players as we saw recently in notorious incident of Ricky Ponting, and many players share light moments with him on-field. Dedication to Umpiring is his major ingredient of success, he plays table-tennis to maintain eye-sight and still plays Cricket to remain fit. And the support of family is there behind his success, his child died when he was in South Africa during WC 2003 but he wasn't informed of death by his family so that he doesn't lose concentration. He is perhaps the most dedicated Umpire of world, he has some patterns to follow even during Umpiring as he doesn't raise finger of right-hand because of this gesture's resemblance with prayer i.e Namaz, he always raises finger of his left-hand.
|Aleem Dar is hugged by Shaun Pollock|
The stats are yours!
Who would have thought that even an Umpire requires stats to depict his splendour, someone truly said Cricket without stats is cavalry without radar. You are about to read some interesting facts concerning Aleem Dar's grandeur:
- Officiated Final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, ICC Champions Trophy 2006, ICC Champions Trophy 2009, ICC World Twenty20 2010. [Couldn't stand in final of ICC World T20 2009 because Pakistan was playing final]
- Since 2005, Aleem Dar has officiated 50% of Ashes. He stood as an Umpire in 10 out of 20 Ashes Tests. [This shows England and Australia's top preference is to have Dar officiating the match]
- Since his debut in 2003, he has officiated 2nd Most Tests(63) as an on-field Umpire after Rudi Koertzen(65). Moreover. his 15 Tests were in Australia, most by any Umpire in World since his debut.
- Only 2nd Pakistani Umpire to stand in final of World Cup. [First one was Mehboob Shah, who officiated final of 1987 World Cup]
- Most Matches by a Pakistani Umpire in Tests(63), ODIs(138) and Twenty20s(18).
This is video from an Ashes Test where Aleem Dar was spot-on as affirmed by UDRS
Written by, editor of this website, Mazher Arshad on 1/7/2011