Ind vs Eng: A four-Test series between hosts India and England in the ICC World Test Championship. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the appointment of domestic umpires for the first two Tests of the same series on Thursday (January 28). At the same time, Nitin Menon, the umpire of the ICC’s elite panel, will be the on-field umpire in both the matches.
Virender Sharma and Anil Chaudhary have been in international matches but will be seen in Test cricket for the first time. According to the Kirkbaj report, the ICC said, “This international panel has also made umpires in Tests. Recently appointed to the elite panel – Joel Wilson, Michael Gough and Nitin Mann did all the work in the test before coming to the elite panel. India is currently ranked fourth in the international panel. ”
The ICC has also said that international umpires can also be considered for testing. The ICC has offered Test debuts for both international panel umpires Anil Chaudhary and Virender Sharma. Chaudhary will be in the first Test. Virender Sharma is up against Nitin Menon in the second Test. Also, C. Shamhuddin will be the third umpire in the first Test, but he will not be able to make his debut as the TV umpire has not been included in the official record.
Former Indian pacer Javagal Srinath is the match referee for both the Tests, which will be played in Chennai from February 5 to 9 and then from February 13 to 17. Officers for the third and fourth Tests in Ahmedabad (February 24-28 and February 4-8) will be announced soon. The Indian umpires will also be available for all white ball matches (five T20Is and three ODIs) after Tests. Appointments for these games will be made later.
The ICC generally prefers neutral umpires over bilateral games, but due to a global epidemic and restricted travel facilities, the World Organization has temporarily suspended the policy of ‘neutral umpires’. Bangladesh lacked enough qualified umpires for the Bangladesh-West Indies series. English umpires were sent there.