GUIDELINES

ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program

 

4.2 Judgement of front foot No balls

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Competence Required
The umpire demonstrates:
Observation or video evidence, with date Further professional development required Assessor Competent
A high degree of accuracy in making decisions relating to front foot No balls No

ICC International Umpire Accreditation Program

 

Umpire progress

 
Section Progress
4.1 Judgement
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4.2 Judgement of front foot No balls
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4.3 Judgement of run out
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4.4 Judgement of LBW
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4.5 Judgement of caught behind
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4.6 Judgement of bat/pad
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4.7 Judgement of Doubtful bowling action
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4.8 3rd Umpire Decision Module
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4.9 Ball changes, shape/colour/tampering
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4.2 Judgement of front foot No balls

You must successfully demonstrate:

A high degree of accuracy in making decisions relating to front foot No balls

As the bowler’s end umpire ICC expects you to ‘call them as they see them’. For televised international cricket, ICC encourages you to adopt a practical approach to this judgment and apply ‘percentage umpiring’ – i.e. don’t guess on tight ones and call No ball.

Should a wicket fall on a tight front foot placement, you are expected to go to the 3rd umpire to check the fairness of the foot placement. The benefit of doubt should go to the bowler if the TV evidence is inconclusive.

 

You should note that ICC Playing conditions differ from the Laws of Cricket in some definitions – please see the reading resource in this section (opposite) ‘Front foot No ball: ICC Playing Conditions’. Read also ‘Conclusive evidence: ICC Elite Officials Workshop 3013 – especially section 4, page 6’