ICC withdraws Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from India-South Africa series

Published: October 19, 2015
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A file photo of Aleem Dar. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of Aleem Dar. PHOTO: AFP

Following threats from Hindu extremist party Shiv Sena, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced to withdraw Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from the remaining matches in the ongoing India versus South Africa series.

“Under the present circumstances, it will be unreasonable to expect from Aleem that he will be able to perform his duties to the best of his abilities. As such, he has been withdraw and his replacement will be announced in due course,” a statement quoted the ICC spokesperson as saying.

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Aleem – serving as a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires – had officiated in the first three One-Day Internationals (ODIs). The renowned umpire was also scheduled to serve in the fourth and fifth ODIs in Chennai and Mumbai on 22 and 25 October, respectively.

The organisation made the decision after extremists stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) offices in Mumbai and threatened to prevent Dar from umpiring in the fifth ODI.

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A meeting between Pakistan and India’s cricket boards officials was also cancelled following the incident.

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan and the head of the PCB’s executive committee Najam Sethi had arrived in India to hold talks with BCCI in a bid to finalise the India-Pakistan cricket series in December.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Someone
    Oct 19, 2015 - 9:17PM

    Instead of giving in to the extremists they should have cancelled the game itself.

    What next, muslim players from other teams can’t play on their grounds?Recommend

  • Jahan
    Oct 19, 2015 - 9:34PM

    Haha thanks shiv sena extremist and kids in adult body I was reading the other day they’ll ban anyone or anything with the name pak haha won’t be long before no one will want to play in this dump. Pakistan lost ground to terrorists funded by Indians but India losing ground to its own people? Classic.Recommend

  • Imk
    Oct 19, 2015 - 10:24PM

    Coming next … We will attack any team which will try to beat indian team (shiv sena) … All the matches awarded to indian team because players cannot concentrate 100% in this situation (icc cum bcci)Recommend

  • Mumbaikar
    Oct 19, 2015 - 11:09PM

    @someone
    Although I disagree with Shiv Sena’s tactics, don’t indulge in hyping it this is about “anti-muslim”.
    Mumbai is full of Muslims. This is anti-Pakistan, not anti-Muslim. Recommend

  • Umair
    Oct 19, 2015 - 11:35PM

    @ Jahan beta – India and BCCI control world cricket and ICC. We have the money and power to control things. Cricket is India and India is Cricket. We will aslo make sure cricket never returns to Pakistan. Never mess with your big brother.Recommend

  • John
    Oct 20, 2015 - 6:41AM

    Thankyou Shiv Sena for helping us prove what we have been saying for years.I hope Shiv Sena doesn’t stop at this and keeps this campaign strong and going.More power to your ignorance. Afterall, the higher a monkey climbs a ladder , the more it shows its posterior.And here the monkey just started climbing and with years left in BJP govt, fun times ahead.Recommend

  • Rafique Khan
    Oct 20, 2015 - 7:00AM

    It is my humble request to the ICC please immediately withdraw T20 World Cup event in India. Since long India is not a safety and decent place for any event. Several times Indian spectators created hooliganism in Indian stadiums. When Indian cricket team defeated by any opponent team Indian spectators create problems and show their indisciplined behaviour. The BCCI & law enforcement agencies are a bunch of failure management. When Indian team won the cricket world cup matches even Indian model Poonam Pandey was agreed to strip her clothes publicly. What a India and its culture. Keep it up.Recommend

  • Jigz Khan
    Oct 20, 2015 - 9:25AM

    @Umair:
    if you really is a Muslim, I hope soon you must face the Same circumstances which you other Muslim brothers are facing in so called secular democratic India.
    Cricket is a game of gentleman and India has made the game of Money in the shape gambling, Match fixing.

    my friend to become a big brother you must have some passions and big heart. other wise your lil brother (Pakistan) will stand eye to eye in front of you and you know how resilient this Pakistani Nation is :) Recommend

  • John
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:40AM

    @Umair:
    I loved the part where you spoke on behalf of all other cricketing nations when you said “we will make sure international cricket doesent return to Pakistan”
    Sorry to cut it down for you but with so much contribution to the game by Pakistani legends,you can only dream of keeping cricket out of Pakistan for too long and just this statement of yours show your baniya mentality.Read the Article from Mark Nicholas on return of cricket to Pakistan that will clear your concepts of where Pakistan stands with cricket.Recommend

  • Oct 20, 2015 - 4:22PM

    @Mumbaikar:
    Not Anti-Muslim? Your people don’t let Muslims buy property in Mumbai, Shabana Azmi is one example and then recently your people killed an innocent Muslim over beef rumors. You guys are hypocrites! Recommend

  • Pakistani-Khi
    Oct 21, 2015 - 9:51AM

    @Umair:
    umair munna – keep dreaming, and what money and power your talking about? while more than half of your total population starving without food in slums, rest struggle badly for daily life and necessities and rich people can be numbered only.

    So Eat Cricket, Sleep Cricket of your own. Don’t be bothered about our Cricket. Remember the history, if you ever tried to take anything from Pakistan, it happened vice versa.Recommend

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