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Technology in cricket – Love it!

Let me start by stating that I love the use of technology in cricket – as a viewer.  It breaks the monotony of a game when the virtual wicket to wicket red carpet is rolled out on the TV screen, and the ball bounce and trajectory shows the leg stump being clipped or not.  Hot spot is equally entertaining, especially when the outraged pundits argue the little white spot appears because the bat hit the toe or does not appear because of the nefarious use of Vaseline. Then there is snickometer – put away your ear horn and listen to the faint sound of ball touching bat or glove at full volume.

The Wagon Wheel: a positive software

It does not stop there – we can see replays, wagon wheels, ball speed, and ultra slow motion and let’s not forget the endless ream of stats on matches, players, toss influence, grounds etc.  And for the voyeurs, well they can see a player picking his nose, spitting, or even tampering with the ball both the ones in his crotch and the one in his hand – all in high definition and close up.


The Controversial Tendulkar reversal in the semifinal of the World Cup caused the ICC to release a paper defending the technology


This is all fun and takes a load off the poor overpaid commentator who only has so much he can say over 5 days, 1 day or 6 hours. However, what about using technologies to alter a decision, delay a game, and in some cases become the talking point of the match?  And what about the umpires – what is their role; indeed, do they have a role if the job can be done by a computer.  What is the logic of limiting reviews to 2 per side – is it based on a science, statistics or whim.


Hot Spot has had varying success at the international level

My opinion is that technology like new game formats and alterations within existing formats (power plays, free hits and the like) is there to keep audience interest.  Cricket has been around for over a century without technology and other old sports like golf and football still manage to survive with minimum interference.As entertainment I applaud technology but as a tool to manage a game – I am yet to be convinced.

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5 Responses to "Technology in cricket – Love it!"
  1. Reply cricmeister December 21, 2011 10:00 am

    Agree 85%. Technology should be available to umpires to check a decision.
    It should not be in the hand of the players.

  2. Reply iresh December 21, 2011 17:38 pm

    I like the fact that each team has a limited number of reviews, if not there would be too much of an element of stop start. Any idea which bowler has the best success rate using the DRS? I reckon Verne 5-lander must be up there!

    • Rajan Sahay
      Reply rajan December 22, 2011 09:21 am

      Must be a spinner – close catches (bat or pad – catch or bounce), lbw…No stats on this from what I can see!

  3. Reply John December 26, 2011 15:47 pm

    Quite a hot topic given the appalling decisions on the first day of the Test! Aus robbed of 2 wickets.

  4. Rajan Sahay
    Reply rajan February 6, 2012 09:59 am

    Posted on Moore Stats:
    I did an article about technology in cricket just before the start of the Aus-India series, where I state that technology adds to the entertainment of the game but should not undermine the on field umpires.

    What the Pak-Eng series shows is that technology has impacted the umpires themselves. Emboldened by the fact that a ball, theoretically clipping the leg bail by 2mm is a dismissal (poor Kevin), umpires can go wild! Batsmen have to alter their game, spinners in partiucluar can celebrate and test matches will reduce to 3 or 4 day events.

    Not sure where this leaves us. Time will tell.