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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by Anura Guruge

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

  1. Johann

    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).

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    1. Anura Guruge Post author

      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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