Nitin Menon (BCCI/IPL Photo)
NEW DELHI: Indian cricket umpire Nitin Menon, who was widely praised for his work during the India-England bilateral series recently, has decided to take a break from the ongoing Indian Premier League and look after his family during the raging Covid pandemic.
As per reports, Menon, who was officiating in IPL 2021 matches, left the bio-bubble after his wife and mother tested positive for COVID-19.
“I am in hospital and taking care of my family members,” Menon told Timesofindia.com on the phone.
“I am on a break. Have to see my family,” he added.
Menon, who is the only Indian umpire in the ICC Elite panel of umpires, is the second Indian to pull out of the cash-rich tournament. India and Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the first Indian to leave the tournament mid-way after members of his family tested positive.
Apart from Menon and Ashwin, three Australians Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals), Kane Richardson (RCB), and Adam Zampa (RCB) left earlier due to COVID-19. The trio cited personal reasons for pulling out of the league.