Haider Rasool becomes first Pakistani hockey umpire to supervise 100 international matches

04:56 PM | 14 Jul, 2017
Haider Rasool becomes first Pakistani hockey umpire to supervise 100 international matches
LAHORE - Haider Rasool has become country’s first ever international hockey umpire to complete a century of supervising international hockey matches.

He gained this unique distinction of standing in his 100th match during hockey world league in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday, said the information made available to APP here on Friday.

Before the start of the Hockey World League match Germany and South Africa Haider received the Golden Whistle from the FIH. The golden whistle is awarded to umpires on completing 100 senior international matches.

Haider a former national goal keeper also attended quite a few national camps including the one for the World Cup 1998. He started to blow the whistle on domestic circuit in 2002 and next year attended an umpiring seminar conducted by the Asian Hockey Federation in the Malaysian city of Ipoh.

He umpired his first tournament outside Pakistan: 2nd edition of the Indian Premier League, in 2004. Declared ‘International Umpire’ in 2005 by the FIH. First Junior International Tournament (6-Nation in Malaysia) in 2005. First Senior International
Tournament (MIA International Challenge, Singapore) in August 2005.

For Haider, it has been a story of the rise and rise since then. After umpiring quite a few regional qualifiers and invitational tournaments, where he got good reports by the tournaments’ Umpire Managers, Haider was promoted to the ‘Promising Umpires’ list of the FIH in Feb 2008.

This enabled him to stand, among others, in continental tournaments like the Pan Am Championships (2008) and the Asian Games (2010) as well as other high profile events such as the Junior World Cup (2009) and the Commonwealth Games (2010). Again, his consistently high-quality performance got him excellent evaluations, and Haider Rasool became a ‘Grade 1’ international umpire in Dec 2010. This up gradation enabled him to stand in the Champions Trophy’s editions.

Next step up was the ‘World Development Panel’ in 2013, a notch below the World Panel (the top most tier). He was among the reserves for the Olympics in 2012 and 2016.

Haider is very hopeful to blow the whistle in the 2018 World Cup and also to be promoted to the World Panel- soon.

“I am a very happy stand in my 100th international match and I am thankful to Allah Almighty for giving me this honour”, Haider told APP.

He attributes his success as an international hockey umpire to his country. “I am thankful to Pakistan Hockey Federation for extending help and support to me to achieve a milestone in my hockey career to have supervised one hundred international matches”, he said.-APP

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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