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Nitin Menon part of ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires for 2020-21

Dixit Bhargav

Nitin Menon part of ICC's Elite Panel of Umpires for 2020-21

Nitin Menon part of ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires: The 36-year old umpire is only the third Indian to be included into the Elite Panel.

India umpire Nitin Menon has become the third Indian to be part of ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires for the cycle 2020-21. Menon, 36, who made his international umpiring debut during the India and England T20I in Kanpur in2017, has also become the youngest umpire to feature in the Elite Panel.

Earlier part of Emirates ICC International Panel of Umpires, Menon has officiated in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is in his three-year career so far.

Son of former international 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.

Nitin Menon part of ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires for 2020-21

Menon, who has replaced England’s Nigel Llong in the Elite Panel, has followed the likes of Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi among Indian umpires.

“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,” Menon said in a statement mentioned on ICC’s website.

Menon, who had stood in 2018 and 2020 editions of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, had represented Madhya Pradesh in two List A matches in 2004.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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