LAHORE - Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar won the David Shepherd Trophy for the third time after being named Umpire of the Year at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards ceremony in London. Dar, 43 and from Pakistan was voted to this award by the 10 Full Member captains and eight-man Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, based on his decision, statistics and officiating skills over the past 12 months. It is the third year in a row that he has received the ICC award which was renamed last year after the late England umpire David Shepherd. Dar accepted his award from ICC Hall of Fame 2011 inductee Alan Davidson and said: Its a great honour and Im thankful to everyone at the ICC and also my colleagues on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires along with the Pakistan Cricket Board. Id like to also thank all my family for all their support since Im away nearly eight months of the year umpiring. Dar beat off strong competition from his colleagues on the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Steve Davis, Ian Gould and five-time ICC Umpire of the Year Simon Taufel. Dar, who made his international debut as an umpire in 2000, joined the Emirates Elite Panel in 2004. In the voting period of these awards, Dar stood in five Tests and 13 ODIs. He stood in the ICC Cricket World Cup in the India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, where he was an on-field umpire in eight of the matches, including the final between India and Sri Lanka. There was a time when the umpires decision was final. For good or bad, he wasnt questioned. Technology came along and forced the umpires to change. In the old era, some of the decisions were so atrocious that it only reinforced the feeling that some technology can surely help. Whatever shortcomings individual bits of equipment might have, that having some form of referral system, even if it consisted only of a third umpire with access to normal TV pictures, it was or at least seems to be a better way of conducting a game. And Aleem Dar has won it by standing firm in the face of technology. Technology, on its own, teaches us to mistrust umpires makes them human and capable of error after error. As we see decisions getting over-turned, its hard not to feel for the umpire. He seems to shrink to nothingness. His mistakes shown on a giant screen, the crowd boos, the players smirk and the umpire can only shrug his shoulders and look away. But this is why Dar is special. The more you watch him get things right, the more you realise that umpiring, in a strange way, is a sport too. Teams all around the world have learned to trust his eye and very rarely does he get any decision wrong. Its his consistency that has won him accolades wherever he goes. There is another reason why players like him he treats everyone equally and is not likely to treat himself as a child of a higher god. He keeps it cool in the mind; so cool that at times his robot sidekick hardly ever has a chance to get involved. And in the eyes of many, thats why hes really good. AFP adds: England batsmen Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott were named respectively test player of the year and player of the year at a ceremony hosted by the sports governing body the International Cricket Council (ICC). Cook, the 26-year-old opener who was appointed one day captain after the World Cup this year - shone during the year peaking with a masterly 294 in the third Test victory over India in August, though, that fell outside the time frame for the award. It was his third test century in six matches and 19th in all and is now just three shy of Englands all-time record Test century total. It represents quite a turnaround in the genial Cooks fortunes as a year ago he was close to being dropped before reviving his career with a hundred against Pakistan at The Oval. It proved to be the springboard for a triumphant tour of Australia where he scored 766 runs, including three centuries, as England won the Ashes 3-1. During the performance period, he played 12 Tests and in 18 innings, he compiled 1,302 runs at an average of 51.74, including six centuries and four half-centuries. His highest score of 235 not out against Australia at Brisbane helped his team towards series victory as it won the Ashes away from home for the first time since the 1986-87 season. The independent voting academy of 25 cricket experts put Cook first, ahead of an impressive group of players that had been short-listed, including England team-mates Trott and James Anderson, as well as J Kallis of South Africa, who previously won this award in 2005. ICC awards winners Player: Jonathan Trott (ENG) Test: Alastair Cook (ENG) One Day: Kumar Sangakkara (SRI) Women: Stafanie Taylor (WIS) Umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK) Twenty20 performance: Tim Southee (NZ) - for taking 5-18 v Pakistan Associate Player: Ryan ten Doeschate (NED) Spirit of Cricket: MS Dhoni (IND) - for allowing England batsman Ian Bell to continue batting when he was run out in controversial circumstances during the second Test at Trent Bridge. Emerging player: Devendra Bishoo (WIS)