Only Indian umpires to officiate in India-England series
The upcoming India-England Test series will see no neutral umpires, as the International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed only Indian umpires for the first two Tests in Chennai starting from February 5 (first) and February 13 (second).
Nitin Menon, the lone Elite panel umpire from India, will be an on-field umpire in both the games.
The governing body has also offered Test debuts for Anil Chaudhary and Virender Sharma, both international panel umpires.
While Chaudhary will be standing with Menon for the first Test, Sharma will be officiating with him in the second.
Chaudhary has so far officiated in 20 ODIs and 28 T20Is. On the other hand, Sharma has stood in just two ODIs and a solitary T20I.
Javagal Srinath is the match referee for both the games.
Menon became the 62nd Indian umpire to stand in Tests in 2019. He has never stood in a pink-ball Test. But he has the experience of standing in first-class matches under lights, including the Duleep Trophy and a Sheffield Shield game.
“International Panel umpires officiate in Tests too. Recent appointees to the Elite panel – Joel Wilson, Michael Gough and Nitin Menon — had all officiated in Tests before making it to the Elite panel. India presently has four on the International Panel,” the ICC has been quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
The match officials for the third and fourth Test matches will be decided later on. The final two matches will be held in Ahmedabad.
There will be Indian umpires for all the limited-overs games (five T20Is, three ODIs) as well. Their appointments will be made in due course.