Famous Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar has won the David Shepherd trophy for the Umpire of the Year 2011 at ICC Awards ceremony in London. He beat all the competition from Steve Davis, Ian Gould to five-time winner Simon Taufel. Dar has won this award for the third consecutive year.
Based on the period between August 11, 2010, to August 3, 2011, Aleem Dar has officiated 5 Tests and 13 ODIs during the voting period, including the World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.
43-year old, Dar was voted to the award by the 10 Full Member captains as well as the eight-man elite panel of match referees.
Dar accepted his award from ICC Hall of Fame 2011 inductee Alan Davidson and said:
“It’s a great honour and I’m thankful to everyone at the ICC and also my colleagues on the Elite Panel of ICC umpires along with the Pakistan Cricket Board. I’d like to also thank all my family for all their support since I’m away nearly eight months of the year umpiring.”
Aleem Dar’s interview after winning ICC Umpire of the year award 2011: