On Wednesday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that the tv umpire will be calling the front-ball no-balls during the three-match Test series between England and Pakistan. The apex cricketing body confirmed that the technology will be tried out in this Test series before any decisions are taken on its future use in the longest format of the game.
Tweeting about the same, ICC wrote: “Front foot no-ball technology to be used in ICC World Test Championship series featuring England and Pakistan, with the support of both teams. Performance of the technology in these Tests will be reviewed before any decisions taken on its future use in Test cricket.”
England and Pakistan will be locking horns with each other for a three-match Test series with the first Test that had started on Wednesday at Manchester. The series will be a part of the World Test Championship.
In July, it was confirmed that TV umpires will be taking the final call on deciding the front-foot no-ball calls exclusively in the inaugural ICC World Cup Super League as well. The ODI Super League commenced with the three-match ODI series between Ireland and England.
The ICC had previously used the technology for calling the front-foot no-balls last year in the series between IndENgland
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Announcing the launch of the ODI super league, in a statement, ICC said, “Introduced to bring context to One-Day International (ODI) cricket, the Super League will determine qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with the top seven teams automatically booking their spot at the event in India.”