Indian Umpire, Nitin Menon was included in the ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires on Monday. Nitin will replace Nigel Llong from England for the upcoming 2020-21 session. The selection panel consisted of ICC General Manager (Cricket) Geoff Allardice (Chairman), former player and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon picked Menon, who was earlier part of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Umpires.
Nitin Menon is 36 years old and has officiated in three Test matches, 24 ODI’s and 16 T20I’s. He is the third Indian umpire to make it to the Elite Panel of Umpires after Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi.
The Umpire thanked the board
“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,” Menon was quoted as saying in an ICC statement.
“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,” Menon added.
ICC has congratulated the umpire for his achievement and has released a statement. “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,” Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees, said in the ICC statement.