The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling over the idea of introducing dedicated match officials tasked with the sole duty of observing no-balls in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The last edition of the IPL was marred with several instances of players engaging in ugly spats with umpires over controversial no-ball calls.
The clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians saw Lasith Malinga overstep on the final ball of the match but the umpire did not spot it.
This led to RCB skipper slamming the standards of umpiring in the post-match presentation terming the incident as “ridiculous”.
"We will have another umpire for only checking no-balls. 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,” a senior BCCI official said.
Earlier in the tournament, MS Dhoni had stormed onto the field in the game versus Rajasthan Royals to challenge the on-field verdict regarding a no-ball. The new additional umpire rule for no-balls will be first tested in domestic tournaments before becoming a part of the IPL.