Bowden’s late no ball call in pictures

“Very interesting call that one.  The thing is we’re not out there, it’s a very quick motion of that front leg going through”.

Some aussie commentator on Nimbus.

While the foot going through the crease was quick, Billy’s decision was not.

Let’s look at what we know.

Sharma hit Kaitch what looked like inline with the stumps.

Billy seemed to be contemplating the decision or giving no decision or call whatsoever.

Then Billy signalled the no ball.

The no ball call was shown to be incorrect.

The LBW was not out according to hawkeye.

This is the ball hitting the pad at 3:04.

At 3:06 Billy still doesn’t have his arm out and Sharma is looking straight at him still appealing.

At 3:07 Ishant gets a close up.

In the last frames of 3:07 Nimbus show us Billy’s arm.

This is far from conclusive evidence.

And it also may not prove anything other than a no ball was called incorrectly very late.

But, it should be looked into.  Isn’t that what Chris Broad is paid to do.

If you watch the full video there is no audible no ball call that I can hear. Although I am almost deaf from turning this up as loud as I could and watching it a bunch of times.

In fact, when watching the video, it looks like he says either no ball or not out as the shot of his arm is showing, which is 3 to 4 seconds after the ball hits Katich.

Nimbus cutting to Sharma robs us of the exact time Billy’s arm went out, but it seems weird that you would wait at least the 2 seconds before calling a no ball.

Add to that the fact that Shamra’s foot landed comfortably behind the line and you have to wonder…

Was this a late call because Billy got caught up in the game.

Or…

Did he panic and call a no ball because he didn’t want to give a decision.

Or…

Billy just randomly makes gestures hoping people laugh.

Ms Dhoni didn’t seem to be laughing when chatting to Billy at the end of the over.

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13 thoughts on “Bowden’s late no ball call in pictures

  1. gana says:

    there is another option…
    Is Billy involved in spot fixing/match fixing ?

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  3. Kris says:

    Billy is too interested in entertaining the crowd these days. Someone needs to stop his silly antics. Billy the crowd is there to watch the cricketers, not you!!

  4. Dustbinner says:

    Keep it quiet – I paid Billy all my hard earned cash for that dodgy call …

  5. jamie64 says:

    I’ve seriously seen better umpires in under 12 division one matches in canberra.

    Disgrace. Should be sacked immediately.

  6. Jonno says:

    I’d have no-balled him for chucking anyway.

  7. Nick says:

    fuk u all kiwi haters. he is th best ever haha

  8. Hewy says:

    I’ve got no problems with umpires taking their time, but Billy is just rubbish at umpiring.

    Also, I’d be happy to take no-ball calls off central umpires and do it via technology. 3rd umpire can radio down or just put a big no-ball sign on the screen. Umpires get it wrong so often, and it’s not like the batsmen gets a chance to hit the no-ball (especially with Billy calling it!).

  9. Krish says:

    If India is reluctant to use UDRS Ian Gould’s and Billy’s will make more mistakes …

  10. Ram5160 says:

    Rather than shooting Billy, we should shoot whoever put him in charge of these things. Totally agree with Hewy. The only situation where it could be a problem is running between the wickets.

    • jrod says:

      Hewy and Ram, Was he taking his time though. If someone is appealing, why would you wait to give a no ball call? You have no reason to wait, you saw a no ball, and before they appeal you call it or put your arm out. Either that, or you are unsure, and then when coupled wit the fact the call was wrong, you have to wonder if it was a no ball, or did he panic because he just wasn’t sure.

  11. Sunny says:

    come on jrod the answer is simple. sound has more distance to travel when KRUD is on the other end and calling no balls for billy.

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