Dean Jones bats for extra umpire to call no-balls instantaneously in T20s

As good as a cricket player Australia‘s Dean Jones was in the 1980s, he is equally good when it comes to innovations and cricketing tactics, and the former cricketer-turned coach and commentator believes that adding an extra umpire on the field to call no-balls, instantaneously, could be one of the methods to reduce umpires missing out on calling no-balls.

In an interview to the official website of Global T20 Canada, Jones flouted the idea of having an extra umpire right behind the non-striker to call no-balls by the bowlers immediately rather that relying in technology, which according to Jones will cost money and leads to delay in play.

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“We need another umpire on the ground. Now why? Because there are too many no-balls that are being missed in every game.

“Now, the technology you need for a no-ball the infra-red and all that they do for tennis costs money,” Jones said adding, “And it’s not instantaneous. Let me tell you why that matters. If I’m the coach of Islamabad United and I have one of my batsman, say Andre Russell, on strike. If he takes a single, goes to the other end, and then the technology comes back and says ‘that was a no-ball’ I don’t want Andre Russell taking that single. He is the biggest hitter in the game. He needs to be on strike. So we need instantaneous calls.”

The 58-year-old went to explain the best position for such umpire will be behind the non-striker to get an unobstructed view of the bowlers front and back foot. Jones also added that more often than not the umpire view, standing behind the wicket at the non-striker’s end, is obstructed due the incoming bowler’s movement, mostly hip movement, while delivering the ball.

“My first logical thought is that he stands behind the non-striker. He can see straight away if it’s a no-ball. The main umpire can’t see a no-ball most of the time because the bowler’s right hip covers their front foot. So the umpires are guessing sometimes. But if an umpire stands behind the non-striker, he’ll see everything. Back foot, front foot, everything. And you know what? What’s the cost of an extra umpire compared to the technology? So I want to have another umpire down there,” he added.