Definition of complete pitch No-ball is becoming increasingly inconsistent and must be streamlined: Bill Moody

Tom Moody, a former Australian cricketer, took to social media to propose a new method for changing the full toss no-ball regulations, citing inconsistencies in the ongoing IPL 2023. On May 13, a waist-high no-ball was overturned in a match between the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

The incident occurred on the third delivery of the penultimate over, when LSG pacer Avesh Khan delivered a full toss that went over the waist and was ruled a no-ball by the on-field umpire. In response to a challenge to the review, however, the third arbiter ultimately overturned the decision. Moody took to Twitter to call attention to the inconsistencies in the full pitch no-ball rule, assert that it must be simplified for better decision-making, and offer his suggestion in this regard.
“The interpretation of #NoBall on the complete pitch is becoming increasingly inconsistent. Possible solution: If the projected path of the ball is above the bail height, it is considered a No Ball. Thoughts? #IPL2023,” tweeted Moody. “Yes, I am aware that batters are of varying heights, but so is their position at the point of contact; simplify to remove subjectivity.”

South African legend AB de Villiers, who is a JioCinema broadcaster avidly following the IPL, acknowledged Moody’s suggestion. The slower balls will have a higher trajectory and may be a viable option for the contests, he added.
“Also, as an option, the slower ball will ultimately have a higher trajectory, likely above waist height, but because it is not hazardous, it could or should be permitted. Normal delivery velocity will result in a waist-height delivery anyway. “This is a good option,” de Villiers replied to Moody’s remark.

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