Ball management will be our biggest challenge when cricket resumes Nitin Menon

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2020

ICC Elite panel of umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand), Michael Gough (England), Nitin Menon (India), Richard Illingworth (England), Richard Kettleborough (England), Bruce Oxenford (Australia), Paul Reiffel (Australia), Rod Tucker (Australia), Joel Wilson (West Indies).

The son of a former worldwide umpire, Menon had a short cricketing career and played two List A games for Madhya Pradesh.

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. Menon replaced England's Nigel Llong.

The 36-year-old, who has officiated in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, is only the third from India to make it to the prestigious panel after former captain Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Sundaram Ravi.

Simon Taufel, one of the greatest-ever umpires of the modern era, isn't surprised by Nitin Menon's selection as, according to him, Menon's talent was visible from the very outset. I look forward to the challenges and will do my best at every opportunity I get.

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He cleared the BCCI umpiring exam in 2006 at the age of 23 and started officiating in domestic matches from the 2007-08 season. "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. "My father (Narendra Menon) is a former worldwide umpire and in 2006, BCCI conducted an exam for umpires and that was after a gap of nearly 10 years", he recalled.

However, he called it quits and became a senior umpire at the age of 23.

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

He will also be a potential candidate to stand for the five-match Test series between India and England, slated for next year.

A 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. Ever since I chose to be an umpire after quitting active cricket at the age of 22, getting onto the ICC's Elite Panel was my goal.

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