Nitin Menon replaces Nigel Llong in Elite panel of umpires for 2020-21


India’s Nitin Menon has been included within the ICC Elite panel of umpires for the 2020-21 season after the annual assessment performed by the sport’s governing physique. At 36, Menon is without doubt one of the youngest to be included within the Elite panel. He was earlier a part of the Worldwide panel and can exchange England’s Nigel Llong within the Elite roster.

A panel consisting of ICC common supervisor of cricket Geoff Allardice (chairman), former participant Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon made the choice.

The ICC screens umpires’ standing via numerous parameters, together with on-field decision-making, the variety of critiques the match official has received proper, and conduct on the sphere. Accordingly, factors are tallied and umpires are ranked internally.

As per ESPNcricinfo’s data, Llong has had the best proportion (36.2%) of his reviewed selections overturned in Assessments since September 28, 2017.

Menon, who started his umpiring profession in 2017, has officiated in three Assessments, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is in males’s cricket. He has additionally stood in ten girls’s T20Is, together with the 2018 and 2020 T20 World Cups. After S Venkataraghavan and S Ravi, he’s the third umpire from India to make it to the Elite panel.

“It is an awesome honour and matter of pleasure for me to be named within the Elite panel,” Menon stated in an ICC launch. “To be officiating frequently together with the main umpires and referees of the world is one thing that I at all times dreamt of and the sensation has but to sink in.

“Having already officiated in Assessments, ODIs and T20Is in addition to in ICC occasions, I perceive the good accountability that comes with the job. I additionally really feel it is a accountability on me to take Indian umpires ahead and assist them by sharing my experiences.”

Adrian Griffith, the ICC’s senior supervisor of umpires and referees, congratulated Menon, saying he “has come via our pathway system with very constant performances”.

Final 12 months, England’s Michael Gough and West Indies’ Joel Wilson were promoted to the Elite panel, whereas Ravi was omitted from the checklist.

‘Not shocked by Menon’s choice’ – Taufel

Taufel, who has labored extensively with Indian umpires, stated he was not “shocked” by Menon’s elevation. “I am not shocked by his choice as his expertise was evident some years in the past,” Taufel informed ESPNcricinfo. “However once more it exhibits that it takes a few years to get to world-class, via dedication, dedication, resilience and a progress mindset. With Nitin becoming a member of the highest group, a task mannequin is there for a lot of Indian umpires who aspire to be the most effective. Hopefully, it’s going to encourage the BCCI to maintain investing of their growth applications for match officers.”

ICC Elite panel of umpires: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Nitin Menon, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker and Joel Wilson

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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