To track or notice the no-ball on the spot has become a problem for the on-field umpires. The Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) is working on finding solutions to help the umpires.
BCCI has selected IPL as the platform to try new technology to detect front-foot no-balls. In IPL 2020 edition, an additional Umpire will be there to observe the no-ball.
Speaking to IANS, BCCI joint secretary Jayesh George ensured that the board will use every technique possible to play the fair game.
“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 the 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.
West Indies Series will be under scanner for no balls
The data will be collected in the West Indies series to examine the no-ball. BCCI secretary has opined that they will examine the data of the match and accordingly they will make the changes in the technology.
“Along with my colleagues, we want to take a second look at the whole process after the data is collected and then move forward with the idea.”
“We want to use technology. We are having another umpire for only observing no-balls. There will be an umpire, who will be focused on no-balls only. And he will not be the third or fourth umpire.”
Talking about data, the first Test match between Australia and Pakistan in Brisbane were detected with 21-no balls in the first two sessions of the second day, they remained unnoticed. So, the no-ball problem is worldwide not just in IPL.