Nigel James Llong (born 11 February 1969) is an English cricket umpire and former first-class cricketer. He is currently a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and officiates in international matches - Tests, ODIs and T20Is. Earlier, he had played English domestic cricket during the 1990s with Kent County Cricket Club.
|Full name||Nigel James Llong|
|Born||11 February 1969|
Ashford, Kent, England
|Domestic team information|
|FC debut||20 June 1990 Kent v Cambridge University|
|Last FC||3 August 1998 Kent v Derbyshire|
|LA debut||23 July 1989 Kent v Middlesex|
|Last LA||16 May 2000 Norfolk v Dorset|
|Tests umpired||56 (2008–2019)|
|ODIs umpired||129 (2006–2019)|
|T20Is umpired||32 (2005–2016)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 11 August 2019
He made his first-class cricket debut for Kent in 1990 and won his county cap in 1993. His playing style was unusual in that he batted left-handed but bowled right-handed off spin. He also played club cricket at Greenpoint CC in Cape Town during the early 1990s.
Llong officiated in his maiden first-class match in June 2000. Llong was appointed to the ECB's panel of first-class umpires in 2002. In 2004 he became a member of the ICC International umpire panel as a specialist third umpire, and in 2006 he became a full member of the International Panel. As with all members of the ICC International umpire panel, Llong is eligible to serve as the home umpire in ODIs in England, and can also be appointed by the ICC to stand in ODIs and Test matches away from England as a neutral official.
The highlights of Llong's career so far include his appointment to the final of the 2004 Twenty20 Cup. His first ODI, which took place at Lord's, was between England and Sri Lanka in June 2006. His first overseas appointment was the ODI between Pakistan and West Indies at Lahore in December 2006. Llong umpired his first Test match in January 2008, between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Dunedin.
Llong was selected to be a reserve umpire for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, but was not called upon to officiate at any point in the tournament. He was appointed to stand in the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa in September 2007. He was selected as one of the twenty umpires to stand in matches during the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
In May 2019, during a group league match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2019 Indian Premier League, the umpire who also served as one of the official on-field umpires in the match was reportedly fined for kicking the umpire's room door at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and for causing damages after the end of the first innings of the match following an argument with Virat Kohli for a controversial no-ball call. He later paid compensation for the damages and however the incident was reported to the BCCI.
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- "Umpire Nigel Llong courts controversy with "door kick" in Bengaluru". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
- "England umpire Nigel Llong under BCCI scanner but unlikely to be removed from IPL final". Hindustan Times. 7 May 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.