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ICC responds to no-ball controversy involving Adam Voges

ICC responds to no-ball controversy involving Adam Voges
Adam Voges added 169 runs more after the incident and is yet to be dismissed.
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) stated that the technology used for the probe of no balls will be on their agenda of discussion in the next Cricket Committee meeting following the controversial decision involving Adam Voges in the first day of the Wellington Test between Australia and New Zealand.

At the stroke of stumps on day one, Voges was bowled by Doug Bracewell in an attempt to leave the ball but on-field umpire Richard Illingworth declared it a no-ball on overstepping.

However, replays clearly showed that Bracewell's foot was well within the crease handing a reprieve to the Western Australian batsman.

Voges was on seven not out when the incident happened and further went on to add 169 runs more and is yet to be dismissed as Australia lead New Zealand by 280 runs with four wickets in hand at stumps on day two.

In the process, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar's 12-year record of scoring most consecutive runs without being dismissed.

Responding to the incident, an ICC spokesperson revealed that the current rule does not allow a third umpire to overrule an on-field call of a no-ball.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of such a review by the third umpire being discussed in the next ICC's Cricket Committee meeting.

"The third umpire can review the fairness of delivery on the fall of a wicket but not review a no-ball that has been called on the field," an ICC spokesperson told cricket.com.au.

"The ICC Cricket Committee has discussed this issue on a number of occasions and come to the same conclusion each time – it is not right that a batsman plays a delivery that is illegal, only to be told retrospectively that it was legal and that he is out by a mode of dismissal that would not have been allowed from an illegal delivery.

"The ICC Cricket Committee will be discussing the use of technoogy at its next meeting, and the topic of reviewing no-balls will again be part of that discussion."

At stumps on day two, Australia were 463 for six from 130 overs with Voges and Peter Siddle at the crease. 

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