Indian umpire Nitin Menon on Monday included in the ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires for the upcoming 2020-21 season, replacing England’s Nigel Llong. Menon, who has officiated in three Tests till now, is only the third Indian to make it to the list after S Ravi and Srinivas Venkatraghavan.
“It’s a great honour and matter of pride for me to be named in the Elite panel,” said Menon. “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.
“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, 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.”
Till now Menon has officiated in three Tests, 24 ODIs, and 16 T20Is.
Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees, said: “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.”