Third umpire to call front foot no-balls in upcoming India-West Indies fixtures
Third umpire will call front foot no-balls in the upcoming T20I and ODI series between India and West Indies. The on-field umpires will continue to monitor the other activities as usual.
According to a statement by the International Cricket Council, the T20I and ODI games starting with a first T20 in Hyderabad ‘will be contested trialing technology to call front foot no balls’.
"Throughout the trial, the third umpire will be responsible for monitoring every ball bowled and identifying whether there has been any front foot infringement.
"If there has been an infringement on the front foot, the third umpire will communicate this to the on-field umpire who will subsequently call a no-ball."
There has been a lot of controversy regarding the calling of front foot no-balls, most recently in Australia Pakistan Test series when TV replays showed 21 no-balls were missed in two sessions on the second day of the first Test in Brisbane.
In the same series, Pat Cummins' dismissal of Mohammad Rizwan was upheld even though the replays clearly showed no part of Cummins’ boot was behind the line.
"The outcomes of the trial will be used to gauge whether the system has a beneficial impact on the accuracy of no ball decisions and whether it can be implemented while minimizing disruption to the flow of the game," the ICC said.
India and West Indies will play three T20Is which will be followed by as many ODIs.
Earlier, the BCCI had announced that it will experiment with a separate umpire calling front foot no balls in the upcoming Indian Premier League after controversy erupted in Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians clash this year.
Lasith Malinga had overstepped on the final ball when RCB needed seven to win the game. The batsman could only get a single off that ball. RCB skipper, Virat Kohli, was left fuming after the incident where he said: "we are playing at IPL level, not club cricket.”