Nitin Menon joins panel of ICC elite umpires

Nitin Menon Says

India's Nitin Menon is the youngest member in the ICC elite panel of umpires

"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", Menon said.

After being included in the ICC's elite panel of umpires, India's Nitin Menon has said that it is a dream come true and he is now eyeing consistency to mark his place.

A former cricketer Menon represented Madhya Pradesh in U-16, U-19, U-23 and List A matches from 1996 to 2004.

Menon, who was earlier part of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Umpires, added, "Having already officiated in Tests, ODIs and T20Is as well as in ICC events, I understand the great responsibility that comes with the job".

Menon, 36, who made his worldwide umpiring debut during the India and England T20I in Kanpur in2017, has also become the youngest umpire to feature in the Elite Panel. 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.

As per his qualification in the Elite Panel, Menon is eligible to officiate in the Ashes, which will be held in Australia.

At the age of 36, India's Nitin Menon has become the youngest Indian to be promoted to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires.

Ever since officiating in his maiden First Class match as a 28-year-old in 2011-12, Nitin has emerged as one of the most consistent umpires in Indian cricket. "We did not have any representation in the elite panel for a while". I look forward to the challenges and will do my best at every opportunity I get. "Finally, I would like to thank my family for all the sacrifices and their support over the years".

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

However, he called it quits and became a senior umpire at the age of 23. "I am very grateful to Mr. Denis Burns for all his guidance and support in my career as an International Umpire", he concluded. "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", Menon revealed about his journey.

ICC Elite panel of match referees: David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson and Javagal Srinath.

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