Live Covid-19
United States 33,561,282
Cases: 33,561,282
Deaths: 597,160
Recovered: 26,566,272
Active: 6,397,850
India 23,663,494
Cases: 23,663,494
Deaths: 257,754
Recovered: 19,673,714
Active: 3,732,026
Brazil 15,285,048
Cases: 15,285,048
Deaths: 425,711
Recovered: 13,847,191
Active: 1,012,146
France 5,821,668
Cases: 5,821,668
Deaths: 107,119
Recovered: 4,960,281
Active: 754,268
Turkey 5,072,462
Cases: 5,072,462
Deaths: 43,821
Recovered: 4,801,291
Active: 227,350
Russia 4,905,059
Cases: 4,905,059
Deaths: 114,331
Recovered: 4,518,529
Active: 272,199
United Kingdom 4,441,975
Cases: 4,441,975
Deaths: 127,640
Recovered: 4,256,103
Active: 58,232
Italy 4,131,078
Cases: 4,131,078
Deaths: 123,544
Recovered: 3,655,112
Active: 352,422
Spain 3,592,751
Cases: 3,592,751
Deaths: 79,208
Recovered: 3,291,156
Active: 222,387
Germany 3,551,550
Cases: 3,551,550
Deaths: 85,921
Recovered: 3,220,300
Active: 245,329
Argentina 3,191,097
Cases: 3,191,097
Deaths: 68,311
Recovered: 2,854,364
Active: 268,422
Colombia 3,031,726
Cases: 3,031,726
Deaths: 78,771
Recovered: 2,848,153
Active: 104,802
Poland 2,842,339
Cases: 2,842,339
Deaths: 70,679
Recovered: 2,582,519
Active: 189,141
Iran 2,707,761
Cases: 2,707,761
Deaths: 75,934
Recovered: 2,162,087
Active: 469,740
Mexico 2,368,393
Cases: 2,368,393
Deaths: 219,323
Recovered: 1,891,052
Active: 258,018
Ukraine 2,129,073
Cases: 2,129,073
Deaths: 46,987
Recovered: 1,797,136
Active: 284,950
Peru 1,858,239
Cases: 1,858,239
Deaths: 64,691
Recovered: 1,720,665
Active: 72,883
Indonesia 1,728,204
Cases: 1,728,204
Deaths: 47,617
Recovered: 1,584,878
Active: 95,709
Czechia 1,648,667
Cases: 1,648,667
Deaths: 29,787
Recovered: 1,586,400
Active: 32,480
South Africa 1,599,272
Cases: 1,599,272
Deaths: 54,896
Recovered: 1,519,258
Active: 25,118
Netherlands 1,577,754
Cases: 1,577,754
Deaths: 17,399
Recovered: 1,339,957
Active: 220,398
Canada 1,303,024
Cases: 1,303,024
Deaths: 24,759
Recovered: 1,201,392
Active: 76,873
Chile 1,260,448
Cases: 1,260,448
Deaths: 27,384
Recovered: 1,199,432
Active: 33,632
Iraq 1,127,580
Cases: 1,127,580
Deaths: 15,855
Recovered: 1,023,584
Active: 88,141
Philippines 1,118,359
Cases: 1,118,359
Deaths: 18,714
Recovered: 1,046,431
Active: 53,214
Romania 1,068,817
Cases: 1,068,817
Deaths: 29,233
Recovered: 1,018,642
Active: 20,942
Sweden 1,027,934
Cases: 1,027,934
Deaths: 14,267
Recovered: 862,235
Active: 151,432
Belgium 1,020,332
Cases: 1,020,332
Deaths: 24,609
Recovered: 897,904
Active: 97,819
Pakistan 867,438
Cases: 867,438
Deaths: 19,210
Recovered: 771,692
Active: 76,536
Portugal 840,493
Cases: 840,493
Deaths: 16,998
Recovered: 801,621
Active: 21,874
Live Covid-19
United States 33,561,282
Cases: 33,561,282
Deaths: 597,160
Recovered: 26,566,272
Active: 6,397,850
India 23,663,494
Cases: 23,663,494
Deaths: 257,754
Recovered: 19,673,714
Active: 3,732,026
Brazil 15,285,048
Cases: 15,285,048
Deaths: 425,711
Recovered: 13,847,191
Active: 1,012,146
France 5,821,668
Cases: 5,821,668
Deaths: 107,119
Recovered: 4,960,281
Active: 754,268
Turkey 5,072,462
Cases: 5,072,462
Deaths: 43,821
Recovered: 4,801,291
Active: 227,350
Russia 4,905,059
Cases: 4,905,059
Deaths: 114,331
Recovered: 4,518,529
Active: 272,199
United Kingdom 4,441,975
Cases: 4,441,975
Deaths: 127,640
Recovered: 4,256,103
Active: 58,232
Italy 4,131,078
Cases: 4,131,078
Deaths: 123,544
Recovered: 3,655,112
Active: 352,422
Spain 3,592,751
Cases: 3,592,751
Deaths: 79,208
Recovered: 3,291,156
Active: 222,387
Germany 3,551,550
Cases: 3,551,550
Deaths: 85,921
Recovered: 3,220,300
Active: 245,329
Argentina 3,191,097
Cases: 3,191,097
Deaths: 68,311
Recovered: 2,854,364
Active: 268,422
Colombia 3,031,726
Cases: 3,031,726
Deaths: 78,771
Recovered: 2,848,153
Active: 104,802
Poland 2,842,339
Cases: 2,842,339
Deaths: 70,679
Recovered: 2,582,519
Active: 189,141
Iran 2,707,761
Cases: 2,707,761
Deaths: 75,934
Recovered: 2,162,087
Active: 469,740
Mexico 2,368,393
Cases: 2,368,393
Deaths: 219,323
Recovered: 1,891,052
Active: 258,018
Ukraine 2,129,073
Cases: 2,129,073
Deaths: 46,987
Recovered: 1,797,136
Active: 284,950
Peru 1,858,239
Cases: 1,858,239
Deaths: 64,691
Recovered: 1,720,665
Active: 72,883
Indonesia 1,728,204
Cases: 1,728,204
Deaths: 47,617
Recovered: 1,584,878
Active: 95,709
Czechia 1,648,667
Cases: 1,648,667
Deaths: 29,787
Recovered: 1,586,400
Active: 32,480
South Africa 1,599,272
Cases: 1,599,272
Deaths: 54,896
Recovered: 1,519,258
Active: 25,118
Netherlands 1,577,754
Cases: 1,577,754
Deaths: 17,399
Recovered: 1,339,957
Active: 220,398
Canada 1,303,024
Cases: 1,303,024
Deaths: 24,759
Recovered: 1,201,392
Active: 76,873
Chile 1,260,448
Cases: 1,260,448
Deaths: 27,384
Recovered: 1,199,432
Active: 33,632
Iraq 1,127,580
Cases: 1,127,580
Deaths: 15,855
Recovered: 1,023,584
Active: 88,141
Philippines 1,118,359
Cases: 1,118,359
Deaths: 18,714
Recovered: 1,046,431
Active: 53,214
Romania 1,068,817
Cases: 1,068,817
Deaths: 29,233
Recovered: 1,018,642
Active: 20,942
Sweden 1,027,934
Cases: 1,027,934
Deaths: 14,267
Recovered: 862,235
Active: 151,432
Belgium 1,020,332
Cases: 1,020,332
Deaths: 24,609
Recovered: 897,904
Active: 97,819
Pakistan 867,438
Cases: 867,438
Deaths: 19,210
Recovered: 771,692
Active: 76,536
Portugal 840,493
Cases: 840,493
Deaths: 16,998
Recovered: 801,621
Active: 21,874

Ball management will be our biggest challenge when cricket resumes: Umpire Nitin Menon

By: PTI |

Updated: June 30, 2020 3:29:09 pm


nitin menon, umpire nitin menon, icc elite panel of umpires, nitin menon elite, icc umpires, cricket umpire, cricket news, sports news The ICC recently also decided that only local umpires will be used due to the travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. (FILE)

Nitin Menon, the youngest member in the ICC elite panel of umpires, considers the Ashes series as the ultimate challenge but he says the biggest challenge in prevailing circumstances is to ensure that the players, knowingly or unknowingly, don’t apply saliva on the ball.
Menon, 36, quit his playing career when he was 22 and shifted to his family profession of umpiring.

The “practical” move culminated in Menon making his international debut three years ago and his entry into the 12-member panel on Monday is the icing on the cake.

Having become part of the elite club in unprecedented times of COVID-19, Menon doesn’t know what his next assignment will be but is fully aware that enforcing ICC’s latest guidelines will be a big challenge.

“The main challenge will be of ball management, more so in Tests. Initially, we will give friendly warning to the players before applying the law, like we do it when someone is running dangerously on the pitch.

“The players are most likely to apply saliva by mistake than deliberately. So, we will act accordingly. More details on playing conditions will come after the series in England (starting next month), then we will know more on how to go about recent changes made in the game,” said the Indore-based umpire.

Menon has already officiated in 43 international matches including three Tests. (Twitter)

When things are back to normal, Menon hopes to be part of the iconic Ashes between England and Australia.

“My dream series will be Ashes without a doubt. That is the only series I watch on TV. The atmosphere, the way the series is fought is something I want be involve in. Whether in England or Australia I would love to be part of it. And, umpiring in the World Cup, be it T20 or ODI.”

The ICC recently also decided that only local umpires will be used due to the travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The way the visiting team, West Indies, quarantined itself in England for two weeks before getting down to training, umpires will be required to do the same. Menon thinks that could take a mental toll on the umpires.

“Mentally, it will be challenging, because we will have to quarantine ourselves. I am told the umpires for the England-West Indies are in their hotel for the last 10 days.

“So, staying indoors for that long will be a challenge because normally we get to go out and relax after a long day in the field. We will be away from family also,” he said.

Besides ensuring that players don’t use saliva, umpires will have to monitor that they adhere to social distancing and that their hands are sanitised regularly after they come in contact with the ball.

Umpires, who too will need to follow the guidelines on social distancing, no longer have to take care of players’ personal items on the field.
“Wearing gloves could be an individual choice for umpires but we have decided that we will keep santisers in our pockets. After the fall of a wicket and drinks break, we have to hold the ball, so just to be safe.

“And by chance if a players put saliva on the ball, we will have to immediately sanitise it. That will be the job of the fourth umpire. He will come to the middle with wipes and sanitise the ball. But we need to follow that protocol only if we see the saliva being applied only then.”
The drastic changes made in the game could also impact over-rate but Menon said it is too early to judge that.

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“We are waiting for the feedback of the umpires who will officiate in the England’s home series against West Indies and Pakistan. Whatever protocols the ICC sets, we will follow that.”

Menon has already officiated in 43 international matches including three Tests. Though, he will be doing the games in India in the short-term, Menon said he will feel less pressure.

“If you are a home umpire, there is additional pressure to get the decisions right. Now I am in the elite panel, that pressure will not be there. Obviously, being in the elite panel has its own challenges and you have to keep performing to remain there after the annual review.”
India have not been able to produce world-class umpires regularly but Menon sees the situation getting better.

“There is a culture shift happening in Indian umpiring. The umpires that are coming up in domestic cricket are in their early 40s. It is a flourishing profession and great platform for someone like me who wanted to play for the country but can can still represent it as an umpire.

“If we can develop our mentality that it is not just about umpiring in the elite panel, it is about match management, communication skills and body language, you will see more of us there. We are almost there.

“And players will test us for sure but if you feel the decision that you have taken is right, then you have to stand up to the players. They will respect that even if you are a Virat Kohli or Steve Smith,” concluded Menon.

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