The four-match Test series between India and England is scheduled to begin at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. There will be no neutral umpire in this series between the two countries. Nitin Menon, Anil Chaudhary and Virender Sharma will officiate in two Tests in Chennai. Menon is the ICC Elite Panel Umpire while Chaudhary and Virender will make their Test debut. The appointment of domestic umpires in Test matches during the Corona period will continue in the India-England series starting on February 5.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Anil Chaudhary and Virender Sharma for umpiring for the first two Tests to be held in Chennai. The first test will start from February 5 and the second test will start from February 13. Menon is the only Indian umpire in the ICC Elite Panel and will officiate in his fourth Test, while both Chaudhary and Sharma will have their first Test. However both are in the international panel of umpires of the ICC.
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Chaudhary has experience of umpiring in IPL in addition to 20 ODIs and 28 T20s while Sharma has officiated in two ODIs and one T20. Chaudhary will be the on-field umpire in the first Test. Sharma will replace Chaudhary in the second Test. International panel umpire C Shamshuddin will be the third umpire in the first Test. Chaudhary will play the third umpire in the second Test. Former Indian fast bowler Javagal Srinath will be the match referee for the entire India tour of England. The tour will feature four Tests, five T20s and three ODIs.