In a major development, the front foot no balls will be decided by the TV umpire, not the on-field officials. This will be happening for the first time in Test cricket with the series between England and Pakistan, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday.
The ICC added that “Performance of the technology in these Tests will be reviewed before any decisions taken on its future use in Test cricket.” “Front foot no-ball technology to be used in ICC World Test Championship series featuring England and Pakistan, with the support of both teams,” the ICC said in a tweet.
The front-foot no-balls were monitored by the third umpire in the recently concluded ODI series between England and Ireland, which was part of the ICC World Cup Super League. England won the series 2-1 as Ireland showed some sensible cricket in the final ODI match of the series.
Last year, the front-foot no-balls monitoring technology was put to trial in the limited-overs series between India and West Indies. Also, it was used during the T20 Women’s World Cup in Australia in 2020.
The first Test of the three-match series between England and Pakistan is a part of the World Test Championship. Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali won the toss and elected to bat first. The next two Tests would be played on August 13 and August 21 respectively, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.