Dar withdrawn from umpiring duty in India-SA series

The ICC took the step following protests from right-wing political outfit Shiv Sena, activists of whom stormed the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.

Aleem Dar was scheduled to officiate in the upcoming ODI between India and South Africa, on Thursday in Chennai, and the final match of the series, on Sunday, October 25.   -  Reuters (File Photo)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has withdrawn umpire Aleem Dar from duty for the final two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between India and South Africa after threats from political outfit Shiv Sena in Mumbai.

Activists from the party stormed inside the headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday, demanding the umpire from Pakistan be disallowed from officiating in the final ODI of the ongoing series, in Mumbai. They protested against BCCI’s scheduled talks with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan, who had arrived in India for the same.

“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 As such, he has been withdrawn and his replacement will be announced in due course,” an ICC spokesman said.

Aleem, a distinguished and experienced umpire, has stood as an on-field umpire in 98 Tests, 175 ODIs and 35 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). He is a member of ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires.

He was scheduled to officiate in the upcoming ODI, on Thursday in Chennai, and the final match of the series, on Sunday, October 25.