Mumbai: The idea to have a special umpire to monitor the no ball was discussed in a meeting of the IPL Governing Council which is chaired by the former Indian batsman Brijesh Patel, at the BCCI HQ on Tuesday. It is however, not yet made clear whether this umpire would be the third or fourth umpire or a new umpire in the team altogether.
The need for an exclusive no-ball umpire was instigated during the last IPL match where the umpires did not give genuine no-balls. A vital case was noted when Virat Kohli from Royal Challengers Bangalore came down heavily on the umpire S Ravi in their match against Mumbai Indians. In the post match presentation, Kohli mentioned that the umpires should have kept their eyes wide open as it was a big no-ball bowled by pacer Lasith Malinga.
A senior GC member mentioned that the need for an umpire merely to look out for the no balls was one of the major issues discussed in the first IPL Governing Council Meeting. However, this new concept will be tried at a domestic tournament before a final decision taken.