ICC confirms tv umpire will call front foot no-ball in Ind-WI series

Lauderhill: Indian captain Virat Kohli and West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite during the toss ahead of the the first T20 international between India and West Indies at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida on Aug 3, 2019. (Photo: Twitter/@BCCI)

New Delhi:  The ICC has confirmed that the forthcoming T20I and ODI series between India and West Indies will be contested trialing technology to call front foot no-balls.

Speaking to media, BCCI joint secretary Jayesh George had earlier confirmed the same and said: “Yes, it is a work in progress. IPL has always stood for innovation. Our endeavour is to make sure that every season of the IPL sees new technology come in and helps in progress of the game. More importantly, why should a player suffer if technology can help erase the issue?

“In the past, we have seen that the front foot no-ball is a grey area and I am of the view that technology which can help in detecting front foot no-balls can be put to use. Massive testing is being done and will continue in the West Indies series as well,” he explained.

The cameras used for checking run outs by the third umpire are the ones that are being used for the process and it is clicking 300 frames per second. This frame then can be zoomed into as per the wish of the operator.

As per ICC, 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. As a result, the on-field umpire will not call a front foot no-ball without the advice of the third umpire.

It’s important to note that any benefit of the doubt lies with the bowler, and if a late no ball call is communicated, then the On-Field Umpire will rescind a dismissal (if applicable) and call no ball. The On-Field Umpire will remain responsible for other in-game decisions in the usual way.

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.