Pakistan’s award-winning umpire Aleem Dar has said that although the probability of making mistakes exists, he relies on his natural ability rather than technology while making umpiring decisions.
Dar, 43, was voted the ICC Umpire of the Year for the third time in a row, based on his decision statistics and officiating skills over the past 12 months.
“It’s all about how you cope with pressure on the field. Decision-making is always tough because there is pressure from every corner. You need to control your nerves, especially with the advent of technology,” The Express Tribune quoted Dar, as saying from London.
“But despite all that, I don’t get intimidated and keep a cool head because I’m there for a reason and the reason it to make a correct decision quickly,” he added.
Dar beat off strong competition from his colleagues on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Steve Davis, Ian Gould and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year Simon Taufel.
“Although I am human and that means the probability of making mistakes exists as well, technology has already made its way into the game to correct those mistakes and that makes it helpful for the sport. However, I rely on my natural ability and the results are there for you to see,” said Dar.
He ruled out stepping down from the game anytime soon, saying that he could officiate for another 20 years, but added that he would call it quits when he reaches his half-century.
“I won’t wait until I can no longer umpire and deliver correct results, but will keep my and my country’s respect and part my way with the role before the ICC is forced to sideline me based on performance,” Dar maintained.