In the wake of ICC’s latest decision on monitoring front-foot no-balls, India ace Ravichandran Ashwin is hopeful batsmen’s movement in the crease at the non-striker’s end will be monitored too.
The ICC recently confirmed that the front-foot no-balls will be monitored exclusively by the third umpire in the ICC World Cup Super League, which begins later this week with the three-match ODI series between England and Ireland. The front-foot no-ball regulation will apply in both ODIs and T20Is.
On-field umpires have been facing criticism from quite some time now for missing out on calling out front-foot no-balls. On England’s last tour of Sri Lanka, in November 2018, broadcasters counted as many as as many as 12 no-balls missed by the umpires.
In March last year, umpire S Ravi missed a no-ball off the last ball of a tight IPL game between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. At the World Cup last year, umpires missed a no-ball in Australia’s game against West Indies; Chris Gayle was dismissed off the next ball, which should’ve been a free hit. The latest decision will definitely help in reducing the umpiring errors on the field.
Ravichandran Ashwin’s plea to ICC:
A day after the ICC announced their decision, Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter to state that he is hoping for the same for batsmen who leave their crease even before the ball is bowled. The India ace had landed in huge controversy during last IPL when he ran out Jos Buttler after the latter walked out of the crease even before the off-spinner bowled.
The dismissal is a legitimate one but it is widely considered against unsportsmanlike and Ravichandran Ashwin had to face the heat. And to make sure that the bowlers don’t suffer the same situation again, he urged the ICC to make sure that the batsmen remained in the crease too before the ball is bowled.
He suggested that the runs should be disallowed if the batsmen walk out of the crease at the non-striker’s end before the ball is bowled. The star spinner posted a series of tweets to explain how batsmen gain unfair advantage by walking out early as he urged ICC to restore parity in the game.
‘Just hope that technology will see if a batsmen is backing up before the bowler bowls a ball and disallow the runs of that ball every time the batter does so!! Thus, parity will be restored as far as the front line is concerned,’ wrote Ravichandran Ashwin.
‘Many of you will not be able to see the grave disparity here, so let me take some time out to clarify to the best of my abilities. If the non striker backs up 2 feet and manages to come back for a 2, he will put the same batsmen on strike for the next ball.
‘Putting the same batsmen on strike might cost me a 4 or a 6 from the next ball and eventually cost me 7 more runs instead of may be a 1 and a dot ball possibility at a different batsmen. The same will mean massively for a batter wanting to get off strike even in a test match.
It is time to restore the balance in what is an increasingly tough environement for the bowlers. #thefrontcrease #belongs to #bothparties @bhogleharsha we can use the same tech that we are proposing for a no ball check 120 balls in a T 20 game,’ he concluded.