Indian umpire Nitin menon on monday became only the third from the country after srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram ravi to be part of the international cricket Council (ICC) Elite Panel of Umpires. He also becomes the youngest umpire to join the elite panel. Nitin menon will replace Nigel Llong in the 12-man ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for the 2020-21 season. 36 year old menon has so far officiated in 3 Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is and now has been elevated from the Emirates ICC international Panel of Umpires.
Recently the selection panel that picked menon had former india cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar along with ICC General Manager cricket, Geoff Allardice (Chairman) and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon. It's a great honor: Nitin menon "It's a great honor 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," Nitin menon said, as quoted by the ICC.
"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: "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."