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Nitin Menon : 3rd Indian and youngest one inducted into ICC’s elite panel of umpires

 

Former Indian and Karnataka paceman Javagal Srinath is a very successful match referee from India in the international Circuit. When it comes to cricket umpiring and that too in International arena India as a whole is lagging way behind. But this scenario is seems all set to change in the future as a domestic circuit veteran umpire Nitin Menon recently being inducted into ICC’s panel of elite list of umpires.

India’s Nitin Menon, the man from Madhya Pradesh became the youngest ever to be included in the International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel of Umpires for the upcoming 2020-21 season as he replaced England’s Nigel Llong. Nigel Llong was removed because of his poor display in recent times. The 36-year-old Indian has officiated in 3 Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is. He is only the third from India to make it to the prestigious group after former captain Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi. Incidentally Ravi got the axe from the list last year.

 

Nitin Menon quit playing competitive cricket at 22 and by the age of 23, he had become a senior umpire who officiated in BCCI accredited matches. Selection panel comprising 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. Performance of Menon over the past few years has stood out for him.

This selection means Menon is eligible to officiate in next year’s Ashes in Australia in case ICC revokes the local umpires for home series temporary policy adopted due to the spread of pandemic caused by COVID-19 virus. Menon is certainly a candidate to stand for all five Test matches that India will play against England at home early next year.

 

He is the son of a former international umpire. Menon had a short cricketing career and played two List A games for Madhya Pradesh. His father Narendra Menon is a former international umpire. In 2006, BCCI conducted an exam for umpires and Nitin cleared it to make umpiring a profession. He has now completed 13 years in this profession. He has officiated in two ICC tournaments (2018 and 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup).

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Subhabrata Mukherjee

A Banker by profession, Freelance sports writer for National & Regional Bengali Website.

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