Haider Rasool becomes first Pakistani hockey umpire to supervise 100 matches

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LAHORE, July 14 (APP): 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 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 whistle in the 2018 World Cup and
also to be promoted to the World Panel- soon.

“I am very delighted to 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 toachieve a milestone in my hockey career to have supervised one
hundred international matches”, he said.