India’s Nitin Menon has become the youngest member to be included in the ICC Emirates Elite Panel of Umpires for the 2020-21 season following the International Cricket Council ‘s annual examination and selection process.
The 36-year-old, who represented in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, will replace Nigel Llong in the panel for England’s umpire.
After Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi, Menon becomes the third from his country to make the prestigious stand, “the ICC press release noted.
The selection was made by a panel consisting of ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice (Chairman), former player and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon.
Ecstatic at earning the award, Menon said, “To be included in the Elite panel is a great honor and a matter of pride for me. Officing regularly with the world’s leading umpires and referees is something I have dreamed of and the feeling still has to sink in.”
Menon, who was previously a member of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Umpires, added, “Having already served on Tests, ODIs and T20Is as well as 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.”
Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees welcomed Menon on board by saying that the Indian umpire came with very good results through our pathway system.
The other members of the Umpires Emirates ICC Elite Panel are Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson and others.