India’s Nitin Menon has been included in the ICC Elite Panel of Umpire list for the 2020-21 season based on the annual review and selection process conducted by the International Cricket Council.
The 36-year-old Indian umpire, who has officiated in three Tests, 24 One-Day Internationals and 16 T20 Internationals, has replaced England Nigel Llong and is third Indian umpire who made to the list after Srinivas Venkatraghvan and Sundaram Ravi.
The selection panel who made the choices includes ICC General Manager- Cricket, Geoff Allardice(Chairman), Former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjerker, and match referee Ranjan Madugalle. David Boon picked Menon who was earlier part of ICC International Panel of Umpires.
Menon was elated after his inclusion in detail, stating that
“It’s a great honor 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.
He further added that,
“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”.
He also thanked Madhya Pradesh Board for their special contribution towards his umpiring career to Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association Board where he started his career.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the 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.” he concluded.
Here’s the list of the umpire and referees who made to ICC Elite List of Umpires list:
ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for 2020-’21
ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees for 2020-’21