Nitin Menon to Realise ‘Dream’ after Being Picked in Umpires Panel for Ashes

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Last Update: April 04, 2023, 22:08 IST

Umpire Nitin Menon (Twitter)

Umpire Nitin Menon (Twitter)

Nitin Menon will be the on-field umpire for the third and fourth Tests during the Ashes series

The only Indian in the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, Nitin Menon will finally live out his “dream” when he gets a chance to officiate in the prestigious Ashes in England in June-July.

The 39-year-old from Indore will be the on-field umpire in the third and fourth Tests of the series between England and Australia starting June 16.

“He will officiate in the Ashes,” a BCCI official told PTI.

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The third Test will be played in Leeds from July 6 to 10 while the fourth Test will be played in Manchester (July 19 to 23). Menon will be the TV umpire for the fifth and final Test to be held at the Oval in London from July 27 to 31.

His on-field partners in Leeds and Manchester will be Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka and Joel Wilson of Trinidad respectively.

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Menon, who was inducted into the Elite Panel in 2020, could have officiated in the Ashes earlier if it had not been for COVID with the ICC forced to use local umpires due to the restrictions prevailing at that time.

He said, ‘There is no doubt that my dream series will be the Ashes. This is the only series I watch on TV. The kind of atmosphere, the way the series are fought, I want to be in it,” Menon told PTI after joining the elite panel. Whether it is England or Australia, I would love to be a part of it.

Menon has so far umpired in 18 Tests, 42 ODIs and 40 T20s. He is currently busy with IPL.

With neutral umpires being chosen for the Ashes, it looks like the ICC is also set to bring back the pre-COVID policy in all Tests.

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Recently, Pakistan’s Aleem Dar resigned from the elite panel after 19 years on the road.

Others on the panel include Adrian Holdstock (South Africa), Ahsan Raza (Pakistan), Chris Gaffney (New Zealand), Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Michael Gough (England), Menon, Paul Reiffel (Australia), Richard . Illingworth (England), Richard Kettleborough (England), Rodney Tucker (Australia) and Wilson.

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