New no-ball technology to be trailed in India

Replay system for checking front-foot no-balls is to be tested soon in Indian domestic matches after the approval from ICC in the general meeting.

Umpire failed on a massive no ball

Failure to call front-foot no-balls from on-field umpires is one of the big issue around the game. In the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is also, we witnessed some blunders made by umpires in calling front-foot no-balls. Chris Gayle was given out on a ball that should be free-hit. But umpire failed to call a huge no-ball from Mitchell Starc in the previous delivery.

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A similar incident had taken place when an umpire failed to pick up a no-ball in the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians when Lasith Malinga had overstepped. RCB skipper Virat Kohli was livid with the decision and had shown his disappointment.

The recent meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in London gave positive signal to have a re-look on the technology. The approval came after the request from Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI).

It is reported that the replays will now call the front-foot no-ball. We have seen that it is never easy for an umpire to make a decision after noticing whether the bowler has overstepped or not. The fast bowlers can reach 150 km/h on the speedometer and the umpire don’t have a fraction of seconds to concentrate on the ball after they notice the front foot of the bowler.

“The ICC will do the trials and some of the trials will also take place in India,” an ICC official told the Mumbai Mirror. Furthermore, the margin of error can be really minimum and it is not easy for umpires to be 100% sure about their decision.



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