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South African umpire is related to India, has also umpired in Ranji match – South African umpire alaudiin palekar has umpired in ranji trophy

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South African umpire Allauddin Palekar has impressed with his decisions making his Test debut in the second match against India at Wanderers in Johannesburg, but few people know that his family is from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.

Palekar originally hails from Shiv village in Khed tehsil of Ratnagiri district. Shiv village sarpanch Durvesh Palekar told PTI on Wednesday, “I am also Palekar. He is a resident of our Shiv village. His father went to South Africa for a job and later settled there. Allahuddin was born in South Africa but his native village is Shiva, which is in Khed tehsil.

He said, “The entire village and gram panchayat are proud of him. The name of our village has gone international. We are extremely happy.”

Not only this, 44-year-old Palekar umpired in a Ranji Trophy match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai during the 2014-15 domestic season. Palekar officiated with Indian umpire Krishnamachari Srinivasan in the league stage match between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh.

The senior umpire of the Mumbai Cricket Association said, “He officiated in that match and officiated in another Ranji match in India as part of the umpires exchange programme.” Palekar is a former first-class cricketer. His father Jamaluddin was also an umpire.

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