Nitin Menon(36 years old) from India became the youngest member of the International Cricket Council’s(ICC) Elite Panel of Umpires. He replaces Nigel Llong(England) for the upcoming 2020-21 season.
- He becomes the 3rd Indian umpire to be included in the ICC’s after former captain Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi.
Gist about Nitin Menon
i.Nitin Menon began his career as an umpire in 2017. He has officiated in 3 Tests, 24 One Day International(ODIs) and 16 Twenty20 International (T20Is) in men’s cricket. He has also officiated 10 T20Is, which include 2018 and 2020 T20 World Cups in women’s cricket.
ii.He was an on-field umpire for the 2019 Indian Premier League(IPL) Final along with Ian Gould.
iii.He has represented Madhya Pradesh in U-16, U-19, U-23 & List A matches as a cricketer.
iv.He cleared the All India Umpiring Exam conducted by the BCCI in 2006 & started to officiate in BCCI domestic matches from the 2007-08 season.
With this elevation Nitin Menon becomes eligible to officiate Ashes 2021 in Australia if ICC removes the local umpires for home series policy due to COVID-19 pandemic.
List of ICC’s Elite panel of umpires
In addition to Nitin Menon the other people included are as follows: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker and Joel Wilson.
List of ICC’s Elite panel of match referees
David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson and Javagal Srinath.
Headquarters– Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Chairman– Shashank Manohar
Chief Executive Officer– Manu Sawhney