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ICC withdraws Aleem Dar from India-South Africa series

A group of extremists threatened to prevent the umpire from standing in the fifth ODI on Sunday.

FILE: Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar (C).  Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn Aleem Dar from the remaining matches in the on-going India vs South Africa series.

Dar, a member of the elite panel of ICC umpires, had officiated in the first three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and was also scheduled to umpire in the fourth and fifth ODIs in Chennai and Mumbai on 22 and 25 October.

The ICC has made the decision following Monday's incident in Mumbai where a group of extremists stormed the Board of Control for Cricket in India offices, and threatened to prevent the umpire from standing in the fifth ODI on Sunday.

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 As such, he has been withdrawn and his replacement will be announced in due course," an ICC spokesperson said.

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