In a latest development, the three-match Test series between England and Pakistan will see the third umpire calling the front-ball no-balls, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Wednesday.
The apex cricketing body confirmed that the technology will be tried out in this Test series before any decisions are taken on its future use in the longest format of the game.
“Front foot no-ball technology to be used in ICC World Test Championship series featuring England and Pakistan, with the support of both teams. Performance of the technology in these Tests will be reviewed before any decisions taken on its future use in Test cricket,” ICC tweeted.
— ICC (@ICC) August 5, 2020
Leaving the third umpires to adjudge front-foot no-balls was a practice that was successfully exercised during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this year. It was also trialled during a five-match ODI series between England and Pakistan in 2016 and in the T20I series between India and West Indies last year. The move to get third umpires at the forefront was taken by the ICC on the recommendation of its Cricket Committee in August this year.
The ICC, on previous instances, has clarified that the benefit of the doubt will still lie with the bowlers and the on-field umpires will have to revoke a decision in case a late no-ball is called.