India's Nitin Menon has become the youngest member of the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires at the age of 36.
Menon replaces England's Nigel Llong on the 2020-21 season list as the process of his promotion was completed by the ICC panel comprising of the apex body's General Manager of Cricket Geoff Allardice, former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon.
Menon began his umpiring career at the relatively young age of 22 after deciding to give up playing cricket. He has thus far officiated in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is at the highest level.
"My priority was to play for the country rather than umpiring," said Menon, who played Madhya Pradesh in India's domestic circuit.
"I quit playing at 22 and I became a senior umpire at the age of 23. It wasn't worth trying to play and umpire so I decided to focus on umpiring alone," he added.
"I'm feeling very confident by the fact that age is on my side, but the performance is what ultimately matters. Whether I do well or not, age has little to do with performance."
Menon's inclusion in the elite list is only the third instance of an Indian joining this exclusive group. Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi, whose name was omitted from the list last year, are the other Indian umpires to have been inducted into the elite panel.
The 12 umpires part of this top category, take charge at the high-profile matches and tournaments in the sport.