Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Sunil Narine, reported for suspicious action by referees in Saturday’s match against Kings XI Punjab in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, has once again sparked debate as to whether such issues will take immediate action on the field. The very idea that the umpires report a suspicious action and the bowler gets a first warning means that he will not be called up to deliver a throw that the umpires on the field consider illegal. Rather than the batsman being given a free hit for a ‘no ball’, the issue comes to light at the end of a game when the result cannot be reviewed. Indeed, at a time when technology sees third-party referees calling out front-foot no-balls in seconds, this is an area that requires immediate attention.
Speaking with ANI, former BCCI Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry – first chair of the Board’s Data Management Committee who implemented the online database management system used by the BCCI in the administration of domestic cricket – said it was time to introduce the use of artificial intelligence in such cases to increase the fairness quotient of the game.
“The need of the hour is to explore the use of artificial intelligence in conjunction with the broadcast feed to know the bowling arm extension angle in real time for each delivery. In addition, it is high time to balance the umpires on the ground and the third referee to ensure greater consistency of accurate decisions. All of this would only increase the fairness quotient of the game, “he said.
“To be fair, this whole situation of rejecting, then allowing, and then rejecting someone is quite bizarre. The IPL authorities are doing their job well and playing by the book, which is commendable. But for a player and the To fans, it’s like a ping pong back and forth. Let’s not focus on Narine here, but on the processes out there, because a player only follows the existing process, “he explained.
In fact, three franchises told ANI after its late-night release on Narine was reported on Saturday that it was time referees started calling no-balls on the ground itself, as that would help ensure that the outcome of the match in no way. some circumstance is affected.
“We’ve seen quite a few bowlers calling for suspicious action. They’ve worked on their action and have come back. Some have managed to correct their action, while others have been recalled and undergone further biomechanical testing. But the point is, do these things. help reverse the outcome of the game? What if the bowler who was reported throws three point balls from the listed four balls suspected of being bowled with an illegal action? The batting team never gets three free hits and that could mean that out of the equation.
“The way forward is for the umpire on the field to immediately call a no-ball if he thinks the throw was suspicious. Only then will it work in fairness. Also the biomechanical sessions a bowler undergoes after being called up for suspicious action. never comparable to a match situation where the opponent’s batsman is looking for maximum runs from every ball, ”said an official from one of the franchises.
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