Along with hosting the first ODI and first T20I on Hong Kong Soil, there was another first on display. The first ever umpire from Hong Kong was appointed by International Cricket Council to stand in a T20 international, Tabarak Dar.
“Tabarak has been recognized by the ICC for his past performances and efforts in various ACC and ICC tournaments. His appointment in a T20I and that too in Hong Kong, is an honor not just to him but to umpiring fraternity in Hong Kong.” Said Anoop Gidwani, Chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Umpire and Scorers.
Tabarak stood in both T20I matches held on 30th and 31st January 2016 at Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground (Mission Road) between Hong Kong and Scotland. The first T20I was won by Hong Kong while the second one by Scotland.
Tabarak Dar, has been a former international player for Hong Kong and has played four One Day Internationals and two First Class matches for Hong Kong. He was appointed HK’s National Team Captain in 2006 and Hong Kong won the ACC Trophy under his captaincy in 2008 and also faced Asian powerhouses India and Pakistan in full ODIs in the Asia Cup held in Karachi, Pakistan in 2008.
Tabarak is an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Level 3 Coach; Tabarak is also a certified coach educator for the ACC and a Level 2 Umpire. He recently was appointed to umpire during the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2015 in Malaysia in October 2015.