No Ball? No Problem – The auto no ball

The ‘No-ball’ has been one of the most dramatic rules in modern cricket history. In a recent Test series between Pakistan and Australia had as many as 21 no balls go unnoticed. The on-field umpires have a lot to keep their eye on including something as intricate as a field placement- so this news will be welcomed by all!

The Auto No-ball Rule

The ICC has reacted promptly to the difficulty faced by on-field umpires when calling no-balls by introducing the Auto no-ball system. The rule hands over responsibility to the third umpire to track all front-foot no balls. The third-umpire will have access to a split-screen where he can observe the front foot landing of the bowler for each delivery bowled.

Within a few seconds, the Umpire’s on-field will be informed whether the ball was a legitimate delivery or not. This helps umpires massively, as they can now focus on other important aspects of the game.


The Auto no-ball feature is currently being used in the T20 series between West Indies and India. The rule is currently under trial, once the concept has been proved to work in a game situation then it will be rolled out across all formats.

India won the game by 6 wickets which meant they took the lead in a three-match series. That man Virat Kohli’s smashed 94 (not out) as India chased what a rather large total of 208 with few balls to spare.

The crowd in Hyderabad were dazzled when Kesrick William bowled a no-ball to make history as the first bowler to be penalised for overstepping by the Auto no-ball system. Check out the video here below!



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