ICC umpire Aleem Dar. - A file photo

PESHAWAR, 20 October: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has withdrawn Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar from officiating the remaining two matches of the one-day series between India and South Africa.

The world cricketing body said in a statement on Monday that the decision was taken after an attack by activists of Shev Sena, a Hindu extremist party, on the office of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai. The Indian extremist party had threatened that it will not allow Aleem Dar to officiate the ODIs.

The ICC statement said it will be unreasonable to expect from Aleem Dar to discharge his duties to the best of his capabilities under the current circumstances.

A meeting between Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan and BCCI officials scheduled for Monday was also cancelled after the Shev Sena attack on the BCCI office.

Meanwhile, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar have refused to commentate in the fifth ODI between India and South Africa. The two Pakistani commentators withdrew on their own and there was no security threat to them. They will arrive in Pakistan on Friday.

Compiled from media reports


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