Women's T20 World Cup To Be First Major Tournament To Use New Technology
A foot fault no ball can come down to a blade of grass, and now the International Cricket Council is hoping technology can help bring clarity to decision-making.
At the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia later this month, foot fault no ball technology will be implemented -- the first time it will be used at a major tournament.
The third umpire will be monitoring where the front foot lands after each ball and informing the on-field umpire if the delivery was illegal.
During the tournament, on-field umpires will be instructed to not make calls on foot fault no balls unless they are told to do so by the third umpire.
Geoff Allardice, ICC General Manager Cricket said cricket has an "excellent track record" of introducing technology to support match officials.
“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," he added.
"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 system has been trialed in 12 games in India and the West Indies over the last few months.
Of the 4717 balls bowled, 13 of those (0.28 per cent of deliveries) were called as no balls. According to the ICC, every ball bowled were judged accurately using the technology.
Front foot no balls became a major talking point during the Australian men's team summer on home soil, after captain Tim Paine revealed he had approached off-field umpires during the first Test in Adelaide.
"I spoke to them on one of the days, just really quickly because I was watching the telecast in the changeroom,” he said before the second Test in Perth.
“What I do know is that it’s not an easy job.
“I think as long as we’re aware of it and we’re looking at solutions that can help that process then I’m all for it.
“But I hope this Test match it is done a little better."
The ICC Women's T20 World Cup starts on February 21 at Sydney Showground Stadium when Australia takes on India.