The IPL Governing Council is planning to introduce an exclusive umpire who will get assigned specifically to check “no-balls” in IPL 2020.
“The concept sounds weird, but this was among the issues discussed in the first IPL Governing Council meeting,” a senior official said. “We want to use technology. The no-ball umpire will not be a third or fourth umpire,” he added.
The umpires had committed a number of howlers in the last season when it came to calling the no-balls. Even the RCB skipper Virat Kohli expressed disappointment openly after one of the matches. The on-field umpire had missed calling the front-foot no-ball off the last ball of the game which eventually cost RCB the match against Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile, the ‘Power Player’ concept to not a go-ahead for the time being. If approved, the concept was set to trial in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. But the timeframe to implement in the T20 tournament was very less which led to the idea was being shelved for now.