BCCI measuring height of players to tackle waist high no-ball issues in IPL 2024 – Report

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New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has come up with a unique innovative measure to make life easy for the umpires and reduce the margin of error when it comes to waist-high no-balls in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Among the most challenging decisions for the TV and the on-field umpires, waist-high no-balls have often been a big issue.

However, BCCI has decided to tackle the problems encountered while making waist-high no-ball decisions by the umpires by measuring the heights of all players of each of the ten franchises, as per a report in the Times of India. The data gained from all ten teams will be fed into the system which is used by the hawk-eye operators which will enhance the decision-making process as a particular waist-high no-ball call will be judged as per the batter’s actual height.

“There are people in the BCCI’s team who are measuring the height of all the players in the IPL till their waist, with a measuring tape. This data will then be fed into the system used by hawk-eye operators, who sit with the third umpire (from this IPL season) to judge reviews of waist-high full tosses. This data will help in judging the waist-high full toss to a particular batsman better,” a source was quoted as saying by Times of India.

The BCCI is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring better functioning and reduction of errors as far as umpiring is concerned in the IPL. A new smart replay system has also been put in place this season for better decision-making. The hawk eye operators are also seen sitting alongside the third umpire to reduce the time taken in the decisions.

Two bouncers per over rule in IPL 2024

Apart from the umpiring innovations, the new rule of two bouncers per over has also become a hit in IPL 2024. RCB pacers were seen making great use of the new rule during their opener against Chennai Super Kings while Rajasthan Royals pacer Sandeep Sharma also welcomed the move after his match-winning spell against Lucknow Super Giants in their first game. As per the new rule, bowlers are now allowed to bowl two bouncers per over. Earlier, they were allowed to bowl only one bouncer per over.

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