Calling of front-foot no-balls is currently a big issue in international cricket. The idea of introducing a special umpire for calling out no-balls is being discussed for next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Last year in the IPL, a crucial game between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was affected by a wrongly called no-ball decision.
RCB captain Virat Kohli was also very much vocal about the issue during the post-match presentation. “We are playing at the IPL level. It’s not club level, the umpires should have their eyes open. That was a big no-ball,” mentioned Virat Kohli.
Former Australia wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist has stated a suggestion for solving out the no-ball issues. Gilchrist mentioned that the third umpire should is the best person who can look at the replays and then spot the no-balls.
“It is pretty challenging for the on-field umpire to look down there, look up there, have everything else going on. Surely there was a replay last year that showed it was a no-ball. That should be allowed, whether you need the fourth umpire, maybe not why can’t the third umpire just look at the replay and just go ‘not out’. That is the simpler version I would have thought. If it means having a fourth one (umpire) and he is going to get the right decision I am all for it,” stated Adam Gilchrist.