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Aleem Dar completes 200 ODIs, becomes third umpire to reach the milestone

Aleem Dar on Tuesday officiated in his 200th ODI played between Bangladesh and West Indies in the ongoing tri-series in Ireland.

Dar became the third umpire to reach this milestone and is behind South Africa’s Rudi Koertzen (209) and New Zealand’s Billy Bowden (206).

“I feel honoured to have reached 200 ODIs. Not only the number of matches, it has been a privilege to be in the elite company of some of the best match officials, to watch the best players of this century around the globe and be involved in some of the most fascinating cricket matches,” said Aleem Dar.

“I remember my first ODI, which was coincidentally in my hometown of Gujranwala between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in 2000. My 200th is in Dublin, and it has been a 19-year journey, sometime a tough one without my family who made a big sacrifice for my ambitions and love for the game.

“As an umpire, you make good and bad decisions, and this is all part of the game. What an umpire shouldn’t do is to misinterpret the playing conditions as that is something everyone remembers for a long time,” he added.