Nitin Menon becomes the youngest umpire to join ICC Elite Panel

Nitin Menon Says

"So my father told me to take a chance and give the exam saying "if you clear, you can always take up umpiring as a profession", so I took the test and in 2006, I became an umpire", the official website of ICC quoted Nitin Menon as saying.

His appointment took place following the annual review and selection process conducted by the International Cricket Council panel, which included Cricket, Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager - Cricket, Chairman), Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon. Menon has also stood in ten women's T20Is, including the 2018 and 2020 T20 World Cups.

Menon had earlier told Deccan Herald that the ICC's latest move to made a decision to do away with the requirement to appoint neutral match officials owing to the current logistical challenges with global travel was a great opportunity for Indian umpires. Add to that a whopping 61 First Class games and multiple Indian Premier League games, including the final of the 2019 edition, and it underlines Menon's expertise in one of the most scrutinised roles in cricket.

Son of former global umpire Narendra Menon (who officiated in four ODIs in the 90s), Menon's selection into the Elite Panel has been made by a selection panel consisting of ICC General Manager Geoff Allardice, former player and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon.

Menon continued, "We did not have any representation in the Elite Panel for a while".

This is reflected in the fact that he already has featured in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is in men's cricket. Menon replaces England's Nigel Llong. "My father (Narendra Menon) is a former global umpire and in 2006, BCCI conducted an exam for umpires and that was after a gap of nearly 10 years", he recalled. I also feel this is a responsibility on me to take Indian umpires forward and help them by sharing my experiences.

India's Nitin Menon became the youngest umpire to join the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. Otherwise, he can stand for all five Tests that India will play against England at home early next year.

"One fine day, just after finishing his U-22 days - by then he had played for MP in one-dayers - he walked up to me and said: "Papa, I am serious".

Menon's father pushed him to take the next stride.

He has also been the TV Umpire in 12 internationals, taking the overall tally to 53.



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