IPL to introduce extra umpire to observe no-balls

The Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council is planning to assign an umpire specifically to check no balls in the upcoming season.

There were heightened criticisms in past few seasons about the standard of match officiating in the cash rich competition.

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A senior member of IPL Governing Council said, “If all goes well, during the next Indian Premier League, you could see another umpire apart from the regular umpires just to observe no-balls.

“The concept sounds weird, but this was among the issues discussed in the first IPL Governing Council meeting.

“We want to use the technology. We are having another umpire for only observing no-balls. There will be an umpire, who will be focused on no-balls only. And he will not be third or fourth umpire,”

he added.

It is also reported that the ‘Power Player’ concept for making substitutions in the middle of the game has been put aside for the time being as the idea cannot be implemented during upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy starting later this week.

The official said regarding this, “The matter was discussed but there is too little time to implement during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which starts on Friday, November 8.”

In last year’s IPL, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni criticized umpires on ground of calling no-balls.

In the match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kohli got furious over a missed chance of no-ball.

“We are playing at IPL level, not club cricket,” Kohli said in that particular occasion. “The umpires should have their eyes open.”

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