ICC to introduce no-ball technology at Women's T20 World Cup

11 Feb 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The ICC will use front-foot no-ball technology at the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

The third umpire will monitor the front foot landing position after each ball - not just wickets - and will communicate to the on-field umpire if the delivery was a no-ball. The ICC says on-field umpires have been instructed not to call any front-foot no balls unless advised to do so by the third umpire.

The governing body has confirmed that the decision to use the new system was made after successful trials conducted in late 2019 in both India and the West Indies.

Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager Cricket said: “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.”

“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 trialed 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.”

The technology was recently trialled across 12 games, during which 4,717 balls were bowled and 13 no balls (0.28% of deliveries) were called. The ICC says it has been satisfied with the efficacy of the technology, stating that all deliveries during the test period were judged correctly.