Third um­pires to start call­ing no-balls in ODIs

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Tim Wig­more

The third um­pire will take over the call­ing of all front-foot no-balls for lim­ited-overs in­ter­na­tion­als, be­gin­ning with Eng­land’s first one-day in­ter­na­tional with Ire­land on Thurs­day.

For all matches in the new Cricket World Cup Su­per League for ODI cricket, which fea­tures the top 13 coun­tries in the world and launches with the Eng­land v Ire­land se­ries, re­spon­si­bil­ity for call­ing front-foot no-balls will fall to the TV um­pires.

Suc­cess­ful tri­als, in some men’s ODIs and in this year’s Women’s T20 World Cup, have led the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil to adopt the change for all matches in the new com­pe­ti­tion. It will also be used in the Twenty20 World Cup.

“It is some­thing that will be used on Thurs­day and for the se­ries to be played,” said Ge­off Al­lardice, the ICC’s head of cricket op­er­a­tions.

“Cer­tainly, there is the im­por­tance of the free hit in white-ball cricket, get­ting the no-balls called ac­cu­rately. That is con­sid­ered to be an im­por­tant fea­ture. The cricket com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended that and it’s in the play­ing con­di­tions for the World Cup Su­per League.”

The World Cup Su­per League will ini­tially al­low teams two chal­lenges per in­nings – rather than one – be­cause um­pires from the home team are of­fi­ci­at­ing. The new com­pe­ti­tion will also in­clude points de­duc­tions for slow over rates.

The top eight teams in the World Cup Su­per League will qual­ify au­to­mat­i­cally for the 2023 World Cup, with the re­main­der en­ter­ing a fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment.

If the trial is suc­cess­ful, it will lead to strong con­sid­er­a­tion be­ing given to in­tro­duc­ing it in Test cricket, too.

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