Karachi: Pakistani umpire Haider Rasool received ‘golden whistle’ from International Hockey Federation (FIH) during Germany and South Africa match on Thursday in Johannesburg during Hockey World League semifinal round second leg.
The golden whistle is awarded to umpires on completing 100 senior international matches and Haider Rasool became the first Pakistani umpire to reach this milestone.
A former goal keeper, who attended quite a few national camps including the one for the World Cup 1998, Haider started to blow whistle on domestic circuit in 2002. Next year, he attended an umpiring seminar conducted by the Asian Hockey Federation in the Malaysian city of Ipoh. He started his
His first senior international tournament was MIA International Challenge, Singapore held in August 2005. He was promoted to the ‘Promising Umpires’ list of the FIH in February 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 December 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 spot below the World Panel, which is the top place in the umpiring hierarchy. 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.