India’s cricket board is planning to have dedicated officials for observing no-balls at next year’s IPL Twenty20 tournament to cut down on umpiring howlers.
This year’s edition of the league witnessed several run-ins between players and officials with the standard of umpiring questioned.
“There will be an umpire, who will be focused on no-balls only and he will not be third or fourth umpire”, sources said.
A new concept of “power play” — allowing a player in the squad who is not necessarily in the XI to come in at the fall of a wicket or to replace a bowler at any point — was also discussed at the meeting. The auctions for the 13th edition of the glitzy extravaganza will be held in Kolkata on December 19.