Cricket No-Balls, In ‘Big’ Matches, To Be Automatically Adjudged With Technology.

by Anura Guruge


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I just knew it would be coming. I had been expecting it for years. Tennis has been using technology to automatically detect foot faults — the so called ‘electronic line judge‘ — for decades.

So, this was due. It will complement and embellish cricket’s ‘Decision Review System‘ (DRS) technology.

From a technological standpoint it will be simpler than ‘ball tracking’, but more involved than ‘ultra-edge’ (i.e., ‘snicko’).

I am, however, not sure how it will work — especially HOW real-time it would be, i.e., how QUICKLY the umpire will be able to signal no-ball. That, as you can appreciate if you know cricket, can make a world of difference. At least in Test cricket there should not be a Free Hit after the call. Either the call is made as the ball is delivered or you just get one no-ball added and an extra ball.

Whatever scheme they use it will chance scoring dynamics. That is my concern.

At least for the last 20-years umpires have been awfully lax about calling no-balls. So, thousands of runs, just as EXTRAS, have gone begging — not counting runs that could have been scored off the extra ball or the no-ball itself, IF it was called as such early enough.

So, suddenly, we will see a spike in SCORES — both overall match scores and individual scores. That bothers I. Makes players of the last two decades look somewhat bad. That is my concern.

Well, I will be keeping an eye on this technology. All said, it won’t be as easy as it sounds. Human judgement may be required. Plus, can players request a DRS on no-balls. We did have that in a Pakistani match. All good stuff. Adds to the drama.


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2 responses to “Cricket No-Balls, In ‘Big’ Matches, To Be Automatically Adjudged With Technology.”

  1. Johann says :

    Yes, this is an interesting decision, and as it has taken so many years to be implemented since the use of technology was first introduced into the game, I am sure the ICC would have had the time to think matters through, but still it will be an interesting add to the game for the future; but again a loss of the traditional game we all love. (no more arguing with the Umpire about that decision for sure).

    • Anura Guruge says :

      Definitely. What worries me is that this will increase scores and thus make past teams and players look bad. Just watch the 1st T20 SA v Eng. Two CRAZY DRS reviews. But DRS got it right — I think.

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