ICC announces match officials for league phase of Women's T20 World Cup

Tanya Simon
February 13, 2020

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.

To make the gentleman's game more fair and flawless, the ICC had been testing the front foot no-ball technology in India and the West Indies.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today (February 12) announced the match officials for the league phase of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020, with three match referees and 12 umpires set to take the reins for the 23-match tournament.

In recent years, umpires often had to recall batsmen who were dismissed, after consulting with the third umpire, who would check a front foot no-ball on every dismissal.

Adrian Griffith, ICC senior manager, umpires and referees, "This is the largest compliment of women match officials at a single event, and the progress we have made is heartening".

The ICC said in a statement, "The third umpire will monitor the landing position of the leg after each ball".

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Eleven associate countries have qualified for ICC World Cups in 2020 while more regional events were added to the calendar previous year.

"No balls are hard 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". It was later shown that umpires had missed 21 no balls in just two sessions.

There was a 110 per cent increase in associate member women's T20 matches while global participation is said to have risen by 14 per cent.

Nitin Menon is the lone Indian in the ICC's list of umpires for the upcoming Women's T20 World Cup in Australia, where an unprecedented six women will be in the match officials team for the tournament.

On-field umpires appear to have stopped being vigilant on overstepping, with the safety net of the third umpire there to check on wicket-taking deliveries.

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