ICC to review use of video for no-balls

Richard Illingworth. Photo / Getty Images
Richard Illingworth. Photo / Getty Images

It's come too late for Brendon McCullum and his Black Caps but the ICC say the use of video technology to review no-balls will be discussed at its next cricket committee meeting .

The Adam Voges controversy in the Wellington Test has sparked the rethink, although it doesn't appear New Zealand has lodged an official complaint to spark the process.

McCullum had previously called on cricket authorities to consider taking the job off the field umpire.

The retiring skipper has made it clear that they don't blame umpire Richard Illingsworth's mistake for the heavy loss in the capital but New Zealand Cricket is privately seething after Voges, who should have been dismissed on seven, went on to make 239.

"The ICC Cricket Committee will be discussing the use of technology at its next meeting, and the topic of reviewing no-balls will again be part of that discussion," an ICC spokesman said.

"The third umpire can review the fairness of a delivery on the fall of a wicket but not review a no-ball that has been called on the field.

The ICC Cricket Committee has discussed this issue on a number of occasions and come to the same conclusion each time - it is not right that a batsman plays a delivery that is illegal, only to be told retrospectively that it was legal and that he is out by a mode of dismissal that would not have been allowed from an illegal delivery."

Illingworth has been banished to the TV box for the second test.

The front foot rule continues to be a controversial issue for world cricket with too many instances of bowlers not being called when they should or being pulled up when they have not broken the rule.

The Marylebone Cricket Club's World Cricket Committee received a report from former ICC umpires manager Simon Taufel last year that recommended the video umpire monitor no-balls.

- NZ Herald

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