It has been understood from the reports that new no-ball technology will be tested in India. The report maintained that it would be used in the domestic fold following the consent from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The verdict came following the approval of trials from the world governing body International Cricket Council (ICC) during its annual conference in London.
In the recent past, umpiring howlers had taken the sheen off gentleman’s game. Of late, ICC had agreed to have a look at the technology which signals regarding the overstepping from a bowler.
ICC’s executive board had a relook at the expensive technology following the request from BCCI. Pertinently, in 2017, ICC had discarded the technology following England-Pakistan series.
Interestingly, the board had abandoned the technology while deeming it as ‘too expensive’. So much so, the report suggested that it required thousands of dollars for the day-long production with no-balls accounting for the minimal of 0.5 per cent.
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Interestingly, with the introduction of the technology, it will also occupy the third umpire for each of the deliveries bowled. Also, the ICC and the BCCI will look at the cost in terms of error percentage.
BCCI had requested the ICC after the controversial game between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB), saw both skippers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma expressing disappointment when Lasith Malinga had sent down an illegal delivery.
The ICC official maintained that board will trial the technology in some countries. Thus, it also includes India in the first place.
“The ICC will do the trials. And some of the trials will also take place in India,” an ICC official said according to Mumbai Mirror.
According to the BCCI official, the Board will introduce the technology at the earliest.
Subjected to a successful trial, the board will use the technology during India’s home fixtures later this year.
“We will introduce the technology soon during home matches,” the board official said on the same.
With the introduction of latest no-ball technology, it means the umpires would have an arduous task at their hands.
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