Third umpire to monitor no-balls during the India vs Windies series
International Cricket Council (ICC) has finally taken a step to counter with the increasing issue of no-ball identification. During Pakistan vs Australia Test series, a number of no-balls were ignored by the on-field umpire. ICC has announced that the third-umpire will monitor the no-balls instead of the on-field umpire during India vs West Indies limited-overs series.
The third umpire will communicate its decision to the on-field umpire. If the batsman is ruled out on a ball which will be later declared as a no-ball, then he will be called back to resume his innings. This is not the first time that ICC is seeking the use of technology to counter with the no-balls issue.
Back in 2016, they adopted a similar technology in Pakistan vs England series where the Hawkeye operator presented the pictures to the third umpire who then made his decision.
"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.