Nitin Menon was included in the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires last year.© Twitter
India’s three ICC umpires will be ready for their biggest assignment yet in next month’s four-Test series against England, in which Virender Sharma and Anil Chaudhary will make their on-field debuts in the longest format. While Chaudhary and Sharma are part of the ICC Emirates Panel, they will be joined by India’s Elite Panel representative Nitin Menon, who has already competed on the field in a previous test match, a BCCI source told PTI.
Due to travel restrictions regarding COVID-19, the ICC has approved the home team match officials for all World Test Championship matches. The India-England series starts on February 5 in Chennai.
The logic given was that with teams using three appeals on the Decision Review System (DRS) and able to keep them in the event of an Umpires’ Call, the risk of wrong decisions affecting a match is significantly reduced.
PTI had reported in November last year that due to restrictions it could be a blessing in disguise for the Indian referees, who barely get a chance to star in the tent Test series as the country usually only has one representative in the Elite panel .
Previously, it was Tamil Nadu’s Sundaram Ravi, but he was dropped from the panel after continued poor performance in the Test arena.
Menon is one of India’s youngest referees and is considered a smart talent. While Sharma has led in two ODIs and a single T20 International, Chaudhary has 20 ODIs and 28 T20 Internationals on the pitch in his cat.
Menon has appeared in three Test matches, along with 24 ODIs and 16 T20 Internationals. All three referees have regularly acted as match officials in the Indian Premier League.
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