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Cricket No-Balls, In ‘Big’ Matches, To Be Automatically Adjudged With Technology.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the original from “The Australian”. Google ‘no ball’ for more.


I just knew it would be coming. I had been expecting it for years. Tennis has been using technology to automatically detect foot faults — the so called ‘electronic line judge‘ — for decades.

So, this was due. It will complement and embellish cricket’s ‘Decision Review System‘ (DRS) technology.

From a technological standpoint it will be simpler than ‘ball tracking’, but more involved than ‘ultra-edge’ (i.e., ‘snicko’).

I am, however, not sure how it will work — especially HOW real-time it would be, i.e., how QUICKLY the umpire will be able to signal no-ball. That, as you can appreciate if you know cricket, can make a world of difference. At least in Test cricket there should not be a Free Hit after the call. Either the call is made as the ball is delivered or you just get one no-ball added and an extra ball.

Whatever scheme they use it will chance scoring dynamics. That is my concern.

At least for the last 20-years umpires have been awfully lax about calling no-balls. So, thousands of runs, just as EXTRAS, have gone begging — not counting runs that could have been scored off the extra ball or the no-ball itself, IF it was called as such early enough.

So, suddenly, we will see a spike in SCORES — both overall match scores and individual scores. That bothers I. Makes players of the last two decades look somewhat bad. That is my concern.

Well, I will be keeping an eye on this technology. All said, it won’t be as easy as it sounds. Human judgement may be required. Plus, can players request a DRS on no-balls. We did have that in a Pakistani match. All good stuff. Adds to the drama.


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by Anura Guruge

Cricket Now Has Bat Sensors, Built By Intel — And They Are Being Used At The ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

by Anura Guruge



Click image to access the Intel Press Release talking about these bat sensors.


The bat sensor is on top of the handle, with the red surround.


I was watching the England vs New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match, live, on Willow, when I heard that both England openers, Jason Roy and Alex Hales, were using bat sensors — and they even managed to show a close-up of a sensor in-between overs.

I was intrigued BUT immediately knew what they were supposed to do. Basically another accelerometer-based sensor that would monitor bat speed, bat angle etc. And that is exactly what it does. Data is transmitted in real-time, via WiFi I guess, to the pavilion. If used by every batsmen they would provide a third means, behind Hot-Spot and Sniko/Ultra Edge to detect contact with a ball. Incredible. Cricket has come a long way from my days as a player and I am happy. All this technology makes it more competitive and exciting.


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by Anura Guruge