The third umpire will be responsible for calling front-foot no-balls during the one-day series between England and Pakistan as part of a trial conducted by cricket’s world governing body.
The ICC says the move will “better understand whether the third umpire is able to use instant replays to call front-foot no-balls more accurately.”
On-field umpires will not be called upon to make the judgment in the five-match series starting Wednesday. The TV umpire will view replays from wide-on cameras and inform the on-field officials via a ‘pager’ watch that vibrates on their wrist if a no-ball has been delivered.
Adrian Griffith, the ICC’s senior manager for umpires and referees, says the trial results will be shared with the ICC cricket committee, which will advise on future action.