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  • Aleem Dar says officiating on house soil might be an “emotional moment”. 
  • On-field umpire Ahsan Raza and match referee Mohammad Javed Malik to additionally make Check debuts.
  • PCB releases ICC mandated interim taking part in rules for sequence.

LAHORE: Though Aleem Dar has officiated in over a 100 Check matches, however the upcoming sequence of South Africa would be the first time he might be umpiring a Check on house soil.

The PCB on Saturday launched the main points of the umpires that can officiate the sequence towards South Africa confirming that Aleem Dar might be there. 

Dar, quoted by the PCB, acknowledged that it will likely be an “emotional moment” for him. 

“It has been nearly a 17-year and 132-Test wait, but its about to be over. Like the players, the match officials also want to umpire in matches on home ground, something we achieve in white-ball cricket, but Test cricket remains the pinnacle format and I am delighted that I will be standing in the two Tests between two excellent sides,” said Dar.

Apart from Dar, on-field umpire Ahsan Raza and match referee Mohammad Javed Malik will also make their Test debuts. 

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The press release said that the board confirmed the match officials’ appointments on behalf of the International Cricket Council for the two-match series between Pakistan and South Africa, which starts in Karachi on 26 January.

The PCB said that Asif Yaqoob and Rashid Riaz will be the third and fourth umpires, while Javed Malik will head the playing control team for both the Tests. 

“As per the ICC’s interim taking part in rules, the requirement to nominate third nation officers has quickly been faraway from the taking part in circumstances for all worldwide codecs owing to the present logistical challenges with worldwide journey,” said the PCB regarding the absence of neutral umpires. 

For the three-match T20I series, Javed Malik will continue to be the match referee, while Aleem and Ahsan Raza will be the on-field umpires for the first match with Shozab Raza in the TV umpire’s box and Asif Yaqoob as fourth umpire.

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The PCB said that Shozab Raza and Asif Yaqoob will officiate the second T20I with Ahsan Raza and Rashid Riaz as third and fourth umpires. On the other hand, Aleem Dar and Rashid Riaz will be the on-field umpires for the third T20I with Ahsan Raza and Shozab Raza as third and fourth umpires, respectively.

ICC’s interim playing regulations for series 

The PCB also released the ICC-mandated interim playing regulations of  the series.

Under the rules there is a ban on applying saliva to the ball because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Gamers won’t be permitted to make use of saliva to shine the ball,” said the PCB. It added that if a player does use saliva then the umpires will respond leniently to allow the players to adjust. However, if it is done repeatedly then officials may give the team a warning.

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“A workforce will be issued as much as two warnings per innings however repeated use of saliva on the ball will end in a 5-run penalty to the batting aspect,” said the PCB

During the series an additional unsuccessful DRS review will be given to teams as there will be “much less skilled umpires on responsibility at instances”.

The PCB has additionally acknowledged that the ICC Cricket Operations workforce will help Match Referees to course of the Code of Conduct breaches and a impartial Elite Panel match referee will conduct any listening to remotely through video hyperlink.

Umpire roster for Pakistan vs South Africa 

26-30 Jan – 1st Check. Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Rashid Riaz (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed Malik (match referee)

4-8 Feb – 2nd Check. Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field umpires), Asif Yaqoob (third umpire), Rashid Riaz (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed Malik (match referee)

11 Feb – 1st T20I. Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza (on-field umpires), Shozab Raza (third umpire), Asif Yaqoob (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed Malik (match referee)

13 Feb – 2nd T20I. Shozab Raza and Asif Yaqoob (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Rashid Riaz (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed Malik (match referee)

14 Feb – third T20I. Aleem Dar and Rashid Riaz (on-field umpires), Ahsan Raza (third umpire), Shozab Raza (fourth umpire); Mohammad Javed Malik (match referee).

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