Exclusive 'No Ball Umpire' for IPL, not 'Power Player' at the moment

MUMBAI: The IPL Governing Council He is planning to be assigned a referee specifically to control non-balls after several howlers in recent seasons have raised major concerns about the quality of Indian party officials.

It was also learned that the highly publicized ' Power player 'concept of substitutions during IPL The games were archived at the moment, as the project cannot be tested during the next Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (National T20), which will begin later this week.

The GC chaired by the former test batter Brijesh Patel He met at the cricket headquarters to discuss a number of issues including the FTP window, the availability of foreign players, the FTP of the Indian team and the possibility of franchises playing friendly abroad.

However, the topic of conversation was to have an exclusive referee to verify the contentious front foot and the height without balls.

If all goes well, during the next Indian Premier League , you could see another umpire apart from the regular umpires just to "observe" no-balls. The concept sounds weird, but this was among the issues discussed in the first IPL Governing Council meeting which was held here," a senior GC member told reporters after the meet.

We want to use technology. We are having another referee just to observe no balls. There will be a referee, who will focus only on the no balls. And it won't be the third or fourth arbitrator, said the influential member. said.

There was a lot of hue and cry during the last IPL, when some debatable decisions were taken with regards to front-foot no-balls.

India skipper Virat Kohli even had a heated word with Indian umpire S Ravi, who failed to spot a no-ball by Mumbai Indians' Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga, which proved costly for the Royal Challengers Bangalore during one of the IPL matches.

It is understood that the concept of having such referees could be tested in any of the national tournaments before a final decision is made.

On the concept of ' Power player ', the official said: "The matter was discussed but there is too little time to implement during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which starts on Friday, November 8."

It was reported on Friday that there was little or no possibility of ' Power player ' being introduced for the time being without consent of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.

In fact, sources close to the president said there is no possibility of implementing it at the moment.

There have been questions in the BCCI corridors whether one particular IPL operations man had devised the strategy which would have favored one particular franchise with aged players. Also a concept like this could send the potential bookies and match-fixers on an overdrive.