Third umpire to call front-foot no-balls in England-Pakistan Tests


The front-foot no-balls in the England-Pakistan three-match Test series will be called by the third umpire, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Wednesday (August 5). The decision comes after the governing body decided to give extra breathing space to on-field umpires in limited-overs cricket with third umpires being given the responsibility of checking no balls in ICC World Cup Super League matches, which began with the ODI series between England and IIrelan, reports Cricbuzz.

"Performance of the technology in these Tests will be reviewed before any decisions taken on its future use in Test cricket," the ICC said in a tweet. "Front foot no-ball technology to be used in ICC World Test Championship series featuring England and Pakistan, with the support of both teams."

Leaving the third umpires to adjudge front-foot no-balls was a practice that was successfully exercised during the ICC Women's T20 WC 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.

The Test series between England and Pakistan kicks off on August 5, in Manchester.