In the latest upgrade made by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the third umpire will make a call on all the front foot no balls and convey it to the on-field umpire. The upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series between Pakistan and England will be used to trial the set-up.
Adrian Griffith, ICC’s senior manager – umpires and referees, said on Saturday (August 20), “This trial is being carried out to ascertain if there is a way in which front foot no-balls can be called more accurately and consistently, while also assessing the TV umpire’s workload and identifying the impact it will have on the flow of the game.”
“While we need to find out if the technology set-up for this purpose is fit, at the same time we feel this is the right time to conduct the trial as the TV umpires will have more information than ever before to share with the on-field umpires, which, in turn, will help them in correct decision-making,” he added.
The TV umpire will be assisted with the four side-on cameras that are used to review run-outs in split-screen feed. In addition to that, the umpire will also get slow motion replays and a rewind-forward option to check the landing of the bowler’s foot.
The on-field umpires will be given a pager watch which will vibrate when a bowler oversteps. In case the watch fails to vibrate, the message will be passed on via verbal communication through the walkie-talkies.
“To ensure that the match officials are thoroughly briefed and trained for this trial, the ICC will conduct training sessions with the umpires and match referee in Southampton on Monday and Tuesday,” Griffith said. “The results of this technology trial will be shared with the ICC Cricket Committee, which will advise the ICC on future action.”
As per the rules, the on-filed umpire can now call for a no ball only when there are no side-on cameras available.