Indian umpire Nitin Menon, who has officiated in 3 Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, became the only Indian to be a part of the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for the upcoming cricket season 2020-21.
He is also only the third Indian in history, after Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi to have achieved the feat. At 36 years of age, Menon is also the youngest umpire to join the elite panel.
The Indian will replace Nigel Llong in the 12-member Panel of Umpires after being elevated from the ICC International Panel of Umpires. The selection panel that picked Menon had former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon along with ICC General Manager of Cricket Geoff Allardice.
Speaking on the appointment, ICC Senior Manager Umpires and Referees, Adrian Griffith, said, “Nitin has come through our pathway system with very consistent performances. I congratulate him for being selected to the Elite panel and wish him continued success.”
Menon, on his part, thanked the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association for all their support over the years. “It’s a great honour and matter of pride for me to be named in the Elite panel. To be officiating regularly along with the leading umpires and referees of the world is something that I always dreamt of and the feeling has yet to sink in,” Nitin Menon said, as quoted by the ICC.
“Having already officiated in Tests, ODIs and T20Is as well as in ICC events, I understand the great responsibility that comes with the job. I look forward to the challenges and will do my best at every opportunity I get. I also feel this is a responsibility on me to take Indian umpires forward and help them by sharing my experiences.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, BCCI and ICC for their support and believing in my ability over the years. I would also like to thank my family for their sacrifices and unconditional support throughout my career.”
Full list of ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for 2020-21:
Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Niton Menon, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson