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ICC to trial TV umpires for front-foot no-ball calls
International Cricket Council (ICC)

ICC to trial TV umpires for front-foot no-ball calls

The International Cricket Council (ICC) in a bid to empower the on-field umpires with the latest technology is considering yet another innovative proposal. In a newly proposed method, the TV umpires will take a call on the front foot no-balls.

Over the period of next six months, the world cricket body will identify a number of limited-overs series in which it can implement a system where the TV umpire -- instead of on-field umpires -- will call no-balls for overstepping. If the trials prove successful, the ICC may bring in the change in full force going forward.

“The idea is the third umpire will be presented an image of the front-foot landing within a few seconds. He would communicate to the on-field umpire that a no-ball has been delivered, so every delivery on the field would be played as a fair delivery until called otherwise,” ICC General Manager Cricket Operations Geoff Allardice said.

In the recently concluded ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, the on-field match officials were criticised as they had missed calling a no-ball in the match between West Indies and Australia.