Women’s Sport: Front-foot technology to be introduced for the first-time at women’s T20 World Cup

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No-balls will be examined after every ball by the third-umpire at this month's T20 World-Cup in Australia, following the development of feature front-foot technology. 

The ICC is satisfied with the standard of technology, that has already been trialled in West Indies and India, and have therefore called for its inclusion in a major tournament for the first time.  

Currently, on-field umpires are tasked with calling no-balls, and third-umpires only intervene when called-upon, but now it will be the job of the third-umpire to analyse every delivery.

During the trial, the ICC said the technology had 100% accuracy across 4, 717 balls

Geoff Allardice, the general manager of cricket at the ICC 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.”

“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.”

"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."

Introducing this technology in the women’s game before the men can also be considered a step in the right-direction for cricketing equality. Women have not always had the luxury of technology, so implementing new features in this way, could be huge for the continual growth of the sport.

The women’s World Cup gets underway on the 21st February and runs until the 8th March.

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