The umpires for the first two Test matches between India vs England has been announced. The ICC chose two local umpires to officiate the first two matches considering the COVID-19 scenario.
Nitin Menon, Anil Chaudhary, and Virender Sharma will be the match officials for the first two Tests between India and England.
Nitin Menon is the only experienced umpire for the first two matches, he will be umpiring for the fourth time in Chennai. He will be accompanied by Virender Sharma and Anil Chaudhary, the two umpires will be officiating a Test match for the first time in their careers.
Virender Sharma stood as an umpire in two ODIs and one T20I while Anil Chaudhary has officiated 20 ODIs and 28 T20Is. The two debutants are part of ICC’s International Panel of umpires.
Anil Chaudhary will be the on-field umpire for the 1st Test between India vs England which will commence from February 5. Virender Sharma will replace him in the second Test, starting from February 13.
Chettithody Shamshuddin will be the 3rd Umpire for the 1st Test and Anil Chaudhary will replace Shamshuddin for the 2nd India vs England Test.
The officials for the last two Tests and the limited-overs series are yet to be announced. Javagal Srinath will be the match referee for the tour. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICC has restricted umpires from travelling due to which the international governing body of the cricket is electing local umpires for the game.
England will be touring India for 4 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is.