Nitin Menon becomes only 3rd Indian to be included in ICC Elite Panel of Umpires

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Nitin Menon, who has officiated in 3 Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, is the only Indian in the 12-member ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for 2020-21 season.

Nitin Menon has so far officiated in 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is (AFP Photo)

Nitin Menon has so far officiated in 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nitin Menon becomes only the 3rd Indian umpire to be picked for ICC Elite Panel
  • Nitin Menon has officiated in 3 Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is so far
  • Look forward to the challenges and will do my best at every opportunity I get: Nitin Menon

Indian umpire Nitin Menon on Monday became only the third from the country after Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi to be part of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Elite Panel of Umpires.

Nitin Menon will replace Nigel Llong in the 12-man ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for the 2020-21 season. 36-year-old Menon has so far officiated in 3 Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is and now has been elevated from the Emirates ICC International Panel of Umpires.

The selection panel that picked Menon had former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar along with ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice (Chairman) and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon.

It’s a great honour: Nitin Menon

“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.”

‘Very consistent performances’

Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager Umpires and Referees: “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.”

Full list of ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for 2020-21 season

Umpire

Tests

ODIs

T20Is

Aleem Dar

132

208

46

Kumar Dharmasena

65

105

22

Marais Erasmus

62

92

26

Chris Gaffaney

33

68

22

Michael Gough

14

62

14

Richard Illingworth

47

68

16

Richard Kettleborough

64

89

22

Nitin Menon

3

24

16

Bruce Oxenford

59

96

20

Paul Reiffel

48

70

16

Rod Tucker

71

84

35

Joel Wilson

19

66

26

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