Aleem Dar is considered as one of the best umpires in the world at present    Getty Images
Aleem Dar is considered as one of the best umpires in the world at present Getty Images

Following tension between India and Pakistan, it was reported that ICC had decided to withdraw Aleem Dar from India vs England series. But the ICC has squashed all this stating that Dar was not appointed by the ICC to tour India and therefore cannot be withdrawn. Kumar Dharmasena, Paul Reffiel, Bruce Oxenford, Rod Tucker, Chris Gaffaney and Marais Erasmus have been selected as umpires for the upcoming India-England series, with Ranjan Madugalle and Jeff Crowe are expected to play their roles as match referees. ICC also reiterated that Dar has been picked for the three-Test series between Australia and South Africa, which is scheduled to begin on November 3. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England, 1st Test at Rajkot

Two things a person can only be withdrawn if he had been appointed first and you know officials of the India-England series were never appointed with Dar in it. So how can someone say he has been withdrawn. Secondly, and more importantly, Dar had been named for the Australia-South Africa series and he is already in Perth for the first Test. Once his appointment was done for that series, it is very wrong to assume he has been withdrawn by ICC for the India series, the ICC spokesman said, according to crictracker.com.

India go into the series after completing a 3-0 clean sweep over New Zealand, while England suffered a setback when they drew the two-Test series against Bangladesh their first defeat against the Asian side in 10 Tests. However, Alastair Cook s men defeated India the last time they toured the country and will want to head home with a similar result even this time. he first Test between India and England will begin from November 9 at Rajkot.