The ICC have decided to use the front foot no ball technology for the first time in a major tournament following successful trials recently at the international level. As a result, the third umpire will now monitor the front foot landing position for each delivery at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia that is scheduled to get underway this month.
The on-field umpires will not focus on the front foot no ball henceforth unless advised to do so by the third umpire, who will communicate immediately if a no ball is spotted. However, the on field umpires will still be responsible for calling other types of no ball.
The system was trialled recently in December 2019 in a series involving India and West Indies. According to the ICC, the technology has been trialled across 12 games in which 4717 balls were bowled. “Cricket has an excellent track record of introducing technology to support the decision making of our match officials and I’m confident that this technology will reduce the small number of front foot no ball errors at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup,” Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager Cricket said.
“No balls are difficult for umpires to call accurately, and even though the percentage of deliveries that are no balls is low, it is important to call them correctly. Since we first trialled this concept in the ODI series between England and Pakistan in 2016 the technology has improved significantly, enabling us to introduce it cost-effectively, and with minimum impact on the flow of the game.”