TV umpire no-ball trials to start soon: Details here
The ICC had come up with a plan that third umpires will be checking front foot no-balls in cricket. And now, the ICC is going to conduct some trials where the third umpire is going to call no-balls. As per a report, the upcoming India-West Indies limited-overs series will see the usage of this trial. Here's more.
Trial to start with India-WI series next month
"Over the next few months, the ICC is going to conduct some trials where the third umpire is going to call no-balls. The first series will be the India-WI T20 and ODI series starting December 6," an ICC spokesman told Hindustan Times.
IPL 12 season had a major controversy regarding no-ball
In the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a major no-ball controversy erupted during when on-field umpire S Ravi failed to spot Lasith Malinga's front foot no-ball. Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli was livid after his side lost against Mumbai Indians. This month, the IPL Governing Council decided that 'front foot no-ball' calls will not be made by on-field umpires.
'Third umpire's duty to check no-balls in IPL'
IPL chairman Brijesh Patel had comment that there would a separate umpire in IPL just to call no-balls, this duty too could be given to the TV umpire. "It will be the third umpire's duty. There would be no need to have another umpire for this," a leading IPL official said. It remains to be seen how this thing pans out.
Punter wants the TV umpire to take over
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting backed TV umpires to make the decision on front foot no-balls. "I have said it forever. The cameras are set up sideways for that. You would think that would make the on-field umpire's job easier if the front foot no-ball is taken off their hands," he told cricket.com.au.
Key information regarding the trial period and what happened recently
In the recently-concluded first Test between Australia and Pakistan, the umpires missed calling 21 front foot no-balls sent down by Pakistan bowlers when the hosts batted. Meanwhile, during the trial period, the ICC will be looking out for the turnaround time when the TV umpire spots the no-ball based on the evidence made available to him and the decision being relayed to on-field officials.