Cricket’s no-ball issue flares again after Finch reviews lbw verdict


The ICC conducted a trial in the England-Pakistan one-day international series in 2016 where the job of adjudicating no-balls fell to the TV umpire, who would buzz the central umpire via their watch when bowlers had overstepped. In that series, eight no-balls were called by the TV umpire.

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“The aim of the trial was to call no-balls more accurately than the human eye can at the non-striker’s end … trying to address a difficult issue in a way that has minimal impact on the game,” the ICC’s head general manager of cricket, Geoff Allardice, told The Cricket Paper in 2016.

The trial came after a controversy during Australia’s Test tour of New Zealand when Doug Bracewell bowled Adam Voges for seven off an incorrectly called no-ball. He made 239. There were no means to overturn the decision by Richard Illingworth, who was “distraught” by the incident.

All wicket-taking deliveries are checked by video footage to ensure they are legal.

The ICC decided earlier this year not to proceed with the initiative as it was not deemed cost-effective.

Such a move would improve the accuracy of no-ball calls, which would benefit the batter, who would avoid situations like Finch’s, and the bowler, who would not be denied a wicket in the fashion Bracewell was.