The International Cricket Council(ICC) is in no mood to overlook the no-ball fiasco that got highlighted in the recently concluded first Test match between Australia and Pakistan at the Gabba.
Many umpires, of late, have gone off the record to reveal that registering no-balls and then adjudicating an LBW in no time has been a hassle for them. During the Gabba Test, in which Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 5 runs, the on-field umpires missed calling 21 front foot no-balls by Pakistan pacer on one inning.
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As an immediate side effect of that, the ICC is set to assign the third umpire with a greater role in a no-ball call.
The no-ball review trials will begin from the upcoming limited over series between India and West Indies in December.
“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 Dec 6,” an ICC spokesman told Hindustan Times.
During the trial period, the ICC will also be looking 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.
Well, if the trials come out with satisfactory results, then the TV umpire will have a more challenging task of looking at every ball to see if it’s a valid one.