Cricket Australia is all set to implement third-umpire technology across all WBBL matches in the upcoming season to ensure equality between televised and streamed games as well. Recent officiating discrepancies in Brisbane Heat’s Mignon du Preez’s unusual run-out decision against Adelaide Strikers, have raised the question and the need for this as well. However, Amanda-Jade Wellington of the Strikers, with the bails dislodged, used her other hand to dislodge a stump to dismiss Du Preez as well.
According to reports, this action should not dismiss the batter, as the ball was not held in the hand used to dislodge the stump as well. And, fans got surprised as to how can an event like WBBL, not have a third umpire.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has addressed this concern and they will look into it in the upcoming year. Using the successful introduction of the Decision Review System in the 24 free-to-air matches last season, CA intends to add 10 games in the next season as well. Furthermore, discussions are also underway to install dedicated run-out cameras for all other games as well.
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“We’re always focused on continuous improvement around the competition, whether that’s scheduling, players, technology or officiating. Next year is the first year of our new media rights agreement, which will bring with it some further growth in the technology and facilities available at WBBL game,” Big Bash boss Alistair Dobson said to AAP.