India, Nitin Menon, Afghanistan vs West Indies, Afghanistan vs West Indies 2019, Afghanistan, West Indies
Nitin Menon has officiated in 57 first-class games, 22 one-day internationals, nine T20 Internationals and 40 Indian Premier League matches. @ BCCI

Indian umpire Nitin Menon is all set to make his Test debut in November after being appointed as an on-field umpire for the only Test match between Afghanistan and West Indies in Dehradun, the BCCI announced on Monday.

Menon, whose father – Narendra Menon – was also an international umpire – became a state level umpire for the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) in 2005. The 35-year-old from Indore has represented his state at the U-16, U-19, U-23 and List A level.

He cleared the All India Umpiring Exam conducted by the BCCI in 2006 and began officiating in BCCI domestic matches from the 2007-08 season.

Menon, who was elated on the news about his elevation, dreams to become an ICC Elite Panel umpire. “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.

“The experience that I gained from officiating in our domestic tournaments and the opportunity given to me by the BCCI for officiating in the IPL as well as in first class matches in Australia, England and 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.”

Menon has officiated in 57 first-class games, 22 one-day internationals, nine T20 Internationals and 40 Indian Premier League matches.

The only Test between Afghanistan and West Indies will get underway on November 27. Before that, both sides will be engaged in a three-match ODI series and as many T20 Internationals. The T20Is begin on November 5, while the one-dayers will start from November 13. All matches will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun.