Aleem Dar seeks to improve Pak umpires~~ image

Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Harare:Pakistan's impressive young cricket umpire Aleem Dar is a man on a mission to improve the image of Pakistani umpiring around the world.

"I would be happy to change the image of Pakistani umpires in the world," said Dar who in a short career, has already been rated as probably the best overall umpire in the world.

Dar, presently officiating the Test series here, feels India and Pakistan should play only once in two years to make sure the interest don't wane in the eyes of spectators. He rates the clash between the South Asian archrivals as big enough to be treated on par with the Ashes.

Dar said he took to umpiring because he realised he couldn't make it big as a cricketer."Somebody suggested that I should do umpiring. I first did for Allied Bank and then after the 2003 World Cup, I was given a one-year contract by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Now Ive been upgraded and have a two-year contract in Elite Panel," he said.

Dar is a great admirer of fellow elite umpire Steve Bucknor of the West Indies.Much as Dar appreciates use of technology, he feels it shouldn't come to a point where the only job which a field umpire is left to do is to count balls and call overs. He says he makes mistakes like everyone else does and in the recently played Ashes series giving Australia's Simon Katich wrongly out rankled him for a long time.

"I would be lying if I said there was no pressure and umpires don't make mistakes. But I keep relaxed and don't take into account who is playing whom."

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