Nitin Menon is one of the ten officials included in the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s newly established A+ category for umpires. Members of the ICC Elite Panel include Menon (BCCI). Anil Chaudhary, Madangopal Jayaraman, Virender Kumar Sharma, and K N Ananthapadmabhanan are the other four international umpires that fall within the A+ classification.

Along with them, Ulhas Gandhe, Sadashiv Iyer, Rohan Pandit, Nikhil Patwardhan, and Navdeep Singh Sidhu fall within the A+ group. The A group consists of 20 umpires, among them C Shamshuddin, and is followed by groups of 60 to 65-year-olds (Group D), 11 (Group B), 60 (Group B), 46 (Group C), and 60 (Group D).

The whole list was provided at the Apex Council meeting on Thursday as a result of the work done by former international umpires K Hariharan, Sudhir Asnani, and Amish Saheba as well as members of the BCCI umpires’ subcommittee. Umpires in the A+ and A categories are paid 40,000 for a first-class game, while those in the B and C categories are paid 30,000.

The prestigious Duleep Trophy and the Irani Cup may resume play shortly, and the 2017 domestic season will also feature the full Ranji Trophy season.

The COVID-19 pandemic led the BCCI to postpone the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 2020, although the Duleep Trophy and the Irani Cup have been abandoned for at least three years. The BCCI’s Ranji Trophy season was shortened last year.

At a BCCI Apex Council meeting on Thursday, Board President Sourav Ganguly stated that a full domestic season will start in 2022–23.