Indian referee Nitin Menon ready for test debut

MUMBAI: India's Nitin Menon He will make his Test debut after being appointed as a referee in the field for the next Test match between Afghanistan and the Antilles to be held in Dehradun from November 27.

According to the BCCI, Nitin is the son of the former international referee Narendra Menon and followed in his father's footsteps and became an arbitrator of the state panel to Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association in 2005.

Nitin, who has represented Madhya Pradesh in parties U-16, U-19, U-23 and List A, passed the All India arbitration test conducted by the BCCI in 2006 and began officiating in national parties from the 2007-08 season.

In addition to 57 first-class games, Nitin also officiated in 22 one-day international matches, nine T20 international matches and 40 IPL matches.

Euphoric Nitin, whose ultimate goal is to become an ICC elite panel referee, thanked BCCI for the support and faith shown in it.

The reason behind my smooth transition to international cricket is mainly due to the robust, competitive and professional structure of the BCCI national parties, the BCCI said.

He added that the Referee Exchange Program helped him in his overall growth as a match official.

The experience I gained from officiating in our national tournaments and the opportunity offered by the BCCI to officiate in the IPL and in first-class matches in Australia, England and South Africa as part of the Referee Exchange Program has helped me to develop referee, said Nitin.

I am happy to pay the confidence shown in me and I hope to face the new challenges of the Cricket Test so that I can achieve my goal of becoming an ICC Elite panel referee, he added.