Aleem Dar has broken the record for standing in the most number of Test matches as an umpire. Dar’s significant feat came during the first Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Perth. The 51-year-old formerly played first-class cricket before commencing his journey as an umpire.
Dar, rated as one of the greatest umpires ever in the history of the sport, stood in his first international game in 2000, three years before he officiated in his maiden Test appearance. Dar is also on the verge of breaking this record in ODIs, where he trails South Africa’s Rudi Koertzen by only two matches.
“This is one milestone I had never thought of when I began my umpiring career. It is a truly amazing feeling and a high point in my life. Steve Bucknor was my idol and it is only sinking in now that I will have officiated in more Test matches than him,” Dar was quoted as saying in an interview.