Cricket: England’s Nigel Llong replaced with Nitin Menon in ICC Elite Panel

India’s Nitin Menon joined in the International Cricket Council’s Elite Panel of Umpires for the upcoming 2020-21 season, replacing England’s Nigel Llong.

After former captain Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi, who got the axe last year, the 36-year-old Nitin Menon who has also managed the three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, is the third from India to make it to the prestigious panel.

He was appointed by a selection panel comprising of ICC General Manager (Cricket) Geoff Allardice (Chairman), former player and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon.

“It’s a great honour 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,” Menon said in an ICC statement.

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