Australia won the match by 8 wickets    Getty Images
Australia won the match by 8 wickets Getty Images

Not having a third umpire in a World Cup match can sometimes prove to be costly. Australia Women’s team got a bitter example of that when they were robbed of a run-out in their match against the West Indies. The incident happened in the 14th over of the West Indian innings, when Chedean Nation turned a ball from Australian spinner Kristen Beams to the leg side and came back for a tight second-run. The fielder in the deep threw the ball to the wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy, who removed the bails with Nation struggling to make her ground. WWC 17: Bolton’s hundred guides AUS to 8-wicket win over WI

The on-field umpire gave the decision in favour of Nation and ruled her not out. However, replays clearly showed that the West Indian was short of her ground and if the third umpire had been present, she would have been given out. This match was one of the 21 games where only a ‘basic’ camera setup was in operation, which meant that the footage from in-line with the crease was not available. Still the footage, which was available, clearly showed that Nation was at least a couple of inches short of the popping crease, but due to the fact that the third umpire was not available, the correct decision could not be made.

The controversy, however, did not hurt the Aussies, who went on to record a comfortable 8-wicket win.

Just days ago the International Cricket Council (ICC) was trumpeting the fact that this edition of the Women s World Cup would be bigger and better than ever before. We are delivering a World Cup that s at par with the men s event. That is absolutely incredible, crowed the ICC s Steve Elworthy. There s no doubt the ICC has taken a step forward for this tournament, with substantially increased prize money, a final to be played at Lord s, and DRS introduced for some matches.

Still, you cannot claim the event is on a par with the men s tournament when something as basic as a third umpire is not available for all the matches. We await Mr Elworthy s explanation as to how many men s World Cup matches in recent years have not had a third umpire.