DateLine: 16th October 2009
ICC elite panel umpire Aleem Dar dismissed the suggestions that umpiring in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final between New Zealand and Pakistan was biased. He said that mistakes are bound to take place and can be expected from match officials as well as they are also human beings.
The umpire also supported his colleague, Simon Tauffel who was openly criticised by a senior member of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and accused the Australian of favouring New Zealand in the vital match.
"Umpires are human beings and can make mistakes. I don't think Simon Taufel gave a wrong decision on purpose. Anyone can make mistakes, even I have made errors on the field," Dar said on the sidelines of a function organised by the PCB to felicitate him for winning the ICC Umpire of the Year award.
Dar was presented with a cash award of half million rupees and a special souvenir by PCB chairman Ejaz Butt at the function held at the National Cricket Academy.
Dar also said he is in favour of utilising modern technology in cricket. "In cricket the umpires will always be central figures but where modern technology is available for their assistance it should be used," he said. Dar said he is proud to win the award for Pakistan and dedicated it to his father who had backed him a lot in his career.