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Umpire Nitin Menon set for Test debut

Son of a former international umpire, Nitin has been appointed as an on-field umpire for the Afghanistan-West Indies Test match.
Umpire Nitin Menon during match 18 of the Vivo 2017 Indian Premier League between the Delhi Daredevils  and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, India on the 17th April 2017

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India’s Nitin Menon is all set for his Test debut after being appointed as an on-field umpire for the upcoming Test between Afghanistan and West Indies to be played in Dehradun from 27th November 2019.

Son of a former international umpire, Mr Narendra Menon, Nitin joined in his father’s footsteps when he became a state panel umpire for Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association in 2005.

Nitin, who has represented Madhya Pradesh in U-16, U-19, U-23 & List A matches, cleared the All India Umpiring Exam conducted by the BCCI in 2006 and started officiating in BCCI domestic matches from the 2007-08 season.

Apart from 57 first-class games, Nitin has officiated in 22 One Day Internationals, nine T20 Internationals & 40 IPL matches.

An elated Nitin, whose ultimate goal is to become an ICC Elite Panel Umpire thanked BCCI for the support and faith shown in him. “The reason behind my smooth transition to international cricket is mainly because of the robust, competitive & professional structure of the BCCI domestic matches,” he said.

He added that the Umpires Exchange Program helped him in his overall growth as a match official. “The experience that I gained from officiating in our domestic tournaments & the opportunity given to me by the BCCI for officiating in the IPL as well as in first class matches in Australia, England & South Africa as part of Umpires Exchange Program has helped me in my development as an Umpire.

“I am happy to repay the trust shown in me and looking forward to facing the new challenges of Test cricket so that I can achieve my goal of becoming an ICC Elite Panel Umpire.”

BCCI Staff

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Third match ends in draw; India A clinch series 2-0

Shahbaz Nadeem picks up his 3rd five-wicket haul in 2 games; Shubman Gill scores an unbeaten double century

West Indies A avoided a 3-0 whitewash in the four-day format against India A with the third and final match ending in a draw. Chasing a mighty 373-run target, West Indies finished at 314/6 when stumps were drawn on the final day with Jeremy Solozano and Brandon King hitting gritty half-centuries.

The day started with hosts at 37-0, lost their first wicket when Shahbaz Nadeem had Montcin Hodge (25) caught by captain Hanuma Vihari. After getting the first wicket with 68 on the board, Indian bowlers had to toil hard as King’s resistance meant 99 runs were added before the second wicket fell. Once again it was Nadeem, who got the breakthrough by breaking through the defence of King.

With the third wicket pair adding 60 runs in 21.1 overs, it looked largely certain that match would end in a draw. Nadeem was once again outstanding and he picked his fifth wicket of Sunil Ambris (69).

The Jharkhand left-arm spinner played two of the three games in the series and picked up three five-wicket hauls.

Earlier, Day 3 belonged to India’s batsmen as Shubman Gill became youngest Indian to score a first-class double century away from home. Vihari too joined the party and got a century as the two put on a big stand.

Having started the day on his overnight score of 2 runs, Gill was striking the ball beautifully and brought up his century in the first session.

Gill and Vihari resurrected the Indian innings and the duo produced an unbeaten 315-run stand for the fifth wicket. India A declared on 365 for 4 soon after Gill scored his double ton.

It was a fine comeback by the talented youngster who was out for a duck in the first innings. His unbeaten knock of 204 was laced with 19 fours and two sixes, with a strike rate of 82.25. VIhari, who scored a half-century in the first innings, hit 10 boundaries.

Brief scores: India A 201/10 (W Saha 62, Vihari 55) 365/4 d (S Gill 204; Vihari 118) vs WI A 194/10 (J Solozano 69, K Gowtham 6/67) & 314/6 ( J Solozano 92, S Nadeem 5/103) ends in a draw

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