Aleem Dar created a world record for the most ODIs as an umpire in Pakistan’s second ODi against Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi on Sunday (November 1). Dar, from Pakistan, was standing in his 210th match and went past Rudi Koerzen’s tally of 209.
Dar, a member of ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires, has won the ICC Umpire of the year award thrice. He made his international umpiring debut in an ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Gujranwala in 2000.
The ICC and Pakistan Cricket Board congratulated Dar on the achievement.
Aleem Dar breaks the record for most ODIs as an on-field umpire 🙌
Aleem Dar ➜ 210
Rudi Koertzen ➜ 209
Billy Bowden ➜ 200
Steve Bucknor ➜ 181
Daryl Harper, Simon Taufel ➜ 174
— ICC (@ICC) November 1, 2020
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) November 1, 2020
The first ODI was quite an interesting and close encounter as Zimbabwe gave Pakistan a run for their money in the 1st ODI but in the end, Pakistan saw the game home and are up 1-0 in the three game ODI series. Pakistan will be looking to win this game and seal the series up and Zimbabwe will want to level the series by beating Pakistan.
The hosts Pakistan, who defeated Zimbabwe by 26 runs in the first match, will be eyeing to seal the home series in their upcoming match. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will look to produce a clinical performance and aim for an equalizer.