Indian Umpire Nitin Menon has been included in the list of elite panel of umpires of the International Cricket Council. The decision was followed after an in-depth discussion of the annual review and selection process conducted by the ICC panel.
Cricket, Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket, Chairman), Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon were a part of the panel.
The 36-year-old, who has presided in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20s, replaces Nigel Llong to become the youngest member in the panel. Nitin Menon is the third Indian to be added to the elite panel after S Venkataraghavan and S Ravi.
Menon, who left playing cricket to follow his father’s footsteps of umpiring said, “It’s a great honour 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.
“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, BCCI and 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.”
Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager – Umpires and Referees, added, “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.”
In addition to this, Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker and Joel Wilson have sustained their seats in the elite panel.
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