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IPL likely to have dedicated officials for observing no-balls
IPL 2020

IPL likely to have dedicated officials for observing no-balls

The BCCI is planning to introduce an extra umpire to spot no-balls at next year's edition of the Indian Premier League.

This development comes in the wake of several umpiring howlers that marred proceedings in the twelfth season of the lucrative T20 tournament.

Incidents involving controversial no-ball decisions became a recurring theme at the IPL earlier this year with the BCCI focused on cutting down on such blunders.

"We will have another umpire for only checking no-balls," a senior official told reporters.

"Many times you will see it's a no-ball only when a batsman gets out and regularly there may be many more. We want to use the technology.

"There will be an umpire, who will be focused on no-balls only and he will not be third or fourth umpire."

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli criticized the below-par standards of umpiring after his team was deprived of a possible win when Mumbai Indians pacer Lasith Malinga's foot protruded over the popping crease on the final ball of the match.

The obvious no-ball was not given by the umpire leading to Kohli terming the whole scenario "ridiculous" in the post-match presentation.

Kohli had another heated exchange with English umpire Nigel Llong in the IPL when the latter erred in his judgment and called out Umesh Yadav for a no-ball.

Earlier, Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni had charged onto the field in the game against Rajasthan Royals to argue with on-field umpire Ulhas Gandhe over a no-ball decision.

In a bid to reduce the triggers for ugly player-umpire confrontations, the BCCI is expected to test the new idea at a domestic competition.

Meanwhile, the concept of a "power player" - allowing a player outside the playing XI to come in at the fall of a wicket or at the end of the over if the team management desires - was also discussed at the top-tier meeting.

It is unlikely that the "power player" method, modelled on the now-defunct Super Sub rule, will be implemented in IPL 2020.