Menon becomes youngest ICC elite umpire at 36

Ross Houston
July 1, 2020

"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", the official website of ICC quoted Nitin Menon as saying.

Nitin Menon has been included in the ICC's Elite Panel of umpires for the 2020-21 season following an annual review meeting conducted by the apex cricketing body. The 36-year-old from Indore has also stood in 10 women's T20Is, including the 2018 and 2020 T20 World Cups.

Narendra Menon, his father who featured in 51 First Class games for Madhya Pradesh from late 1960s till early 1980s and officiated in four ODIs during his two-decade-long umpiring journey, reveals the discussion was far from being spontaneous.

India's Nitin Menon has been included in the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for the upcoming season.

Nitin Menon is only the third Indian umpire to get selected in the Elite List. "It wasn't worth trying to play and umpire so I made a decision to focus on umpiring alone", added Menon, who replaced England's Nigel Llong on the 2020-21 season list.

His father, Narendra, was also an global umpire and a First Class cricketer.

The 36-year-old Menon has become the youngest Indian umpire to be named on the panel and is third and now the only Indian after Srinivas Venkataraghavan and Sundaram Ravi. "I also feel this is a responsibility on me to take Indian umpires forward and help them by sharing my experiences", he added.

Son of former global umpire Narendra Menon, Nitin's dream was to represent India. "I would also like to thank my family for their sacrifices and unconditional support throughout my career", he added.

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

Apart from years of domestic experience, including the Indian Premier League, under his belt, Menon has also stood in 43 men's global matches.

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

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

India's strong domestic structure and years of umpiring in Ranji Trophy will also come in handy when he stands for the Test matches comprising elite teams. "The Ranji Trophy is very competitive, and then when we do well we get a chance in the IPL, which in a way feels like an global game", he said.

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