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The International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a press release regarding the 58-year-old umpire, it said, “The veteran umpire [Aleem] Dar has stepped down after 19 years on the Elite Panel, standing in a record 435 men’s international matches.” the International Cricket Council (ICC)

In 2002, Aleem officiated his first international match as an Elite Panel umpire and then he was seen in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

Dar had been a prominent cricket player throughout his career before he took up umpiring, he says, “It has been a long journey, but I have enjoyed every bit of it,” Aleem was quoted in the ICC release.“I have had the pleasure and honour of umpiring the world over and what I have achieved is something I did not even dream of when I started in the profession.”

On this occasion, Geoff Allardice ICC chief executive said, “Aleem’s contribution to international cricket and to the ICC has been truly remarkable. Consistently elite performances over such a long period saw him enjoy enormous respect across all involved in international cricket.”

Najam Sethi, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee also congratulated Dar on his achievement. He also seemed overjoyed on the appointment of Ahsan as the third Pakistani umpire to be included in the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. Sethi said, “It is a moment of great pride and joy for the whole nation that Ahsan Raza has become the third Pakistan umpire to be appointed to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. I want to congratulate Ahsan on this wonderful achievement and I am sure he will continue to work hard with dedication and passion to enha­nce the image and profile of this noble profession,” he continued, “I also want to congratulate Aleem on his successful career as an elite panelist. He was the first Pakistani to become a member of the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, and has established himself as one of the most respected and highly-qualified ump­ires in the business.”

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