After Nitin Menon, his compatriot and Indian umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan has been named in ICC’s international panel of umpires. KN Ananthapadmanabhan has been promoted to the elite panel, making him the fourth Indian umpire to be named in the international panel.
Ananthapadmanabhan joins C Shamshuddin, Anil Chaudhary and Virender Sharma in the international panel. He will now become eligible to officiate in the ODI and T20 internationals apart from umpiring in the junior World Cup. His appointment comes after the vacancy created by Nitin Menon’s move to the ICC Elite Panel.
“This was what I was waiting for a long time, and I knew I would get it and am extremely happy and delighted. I missed out playing for the country as I plied my trade when the country’s greatest leg spinner Anil Kumble reigned supreme. We played almost around the same time and hence I failed to play for the country,” the former Kerala spinner was quoted as saying by PTI.
“Lot of international cricket is on the cards and hopefully I will be in one of those. I knew I would make it as I was given quite a number of opportunities to harness my skills by ICC,” he added.
Before this, Ananthapadmanabhan,50, has officiated in all major domestic events including the IPL. He played 105 first-class matches for Kerala, starting in 1988-89, and represented them until 2003-04 before becoming an umpire.
He was the first player from his state to achieve the double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets in the Ranji Trophy, and was briefly in the reckoning for an India cap, espn said in its report. Playing for India A against the visiting Australians in 1998, he took the wickets of Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Darren Lehmann.