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Third umpire to call no-balls in Women's T20 World Cup
ICC Women's T20 World Cup

Third umpire to call no-balls in Women's T20 World Cup

Front-foot no-balls will be called by third umpires in the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup, it was announced by International Cricket Council.

The on-field umpires will continue to monitor the other activities as usual.

The third umpire will monitor front foot landing of the bowler and inform the on-field umpire in case the bowler oversteps the crease.

There have been several cases in the past where bowlers continued to overstep the crease but the no-ball remained uncalled by the on-field umpire.

Third umpire calling no-balls was tested in the recent India-West Indies series, which according to ICC, resulted in 100 percent of a total 4,717 balls judged correctly. This was first experimented in 2016 in an ODI series between Pakistan and England.

"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," said ICC general manager Geoff Allardice.

"Since we first trialled this concept in the ODI series between England and Pakistan in 2016 the technology has improved significantly."

The women's T20 World Cup will start from February 21.