Third umpire called into action

2012-10-29 17:18

London - The third umpire will be called upon to check for a no-ball after dismissals as part of a series of amendments to the rules of cricket due to come into force on Tuesday, the ICC said on Monday.

Previously, the third umpire would only be asked to adjudicate if a decision was referred to him by the on-field officials, but will now immediately check the fairness of a delivery "following any mode of dismissal that is not permitted off a no-ball".

The ICC said in a statement: "If the delivery was not a fair delivery, the third umpire shall advise the on-field umpire by two-way radio who should recall the dismissed batsman, indicate that the batsman is not out and signal no-ball."

The new playing conditions, which also include new rules for playing day-night Test matches, will be introduced at the start of the Sri Lanka and New Zealand series which gets underway in Pallekele on Tuesday.


  • thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-29 19:59

    This should have been brought in years ago!! The big problem for us is Morkel and Philander are big culprits of the no-ball, and it could cost us!!!! Even Tahir bowls too many no-balls for a spinner!! Donald is going to have his work cut out to make our bowlers more disciplined!!!

      beth.cameron.94 - 2012-10-30 07:27

      Totally agre Thomas! However, I can still understand a fast bowler bowling the occasional no ball, but a spin bowler, an absolute no no!!!!

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