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Umpiring and Technology

May 5, 2020 | technology | No Comments

One school of thought says that wherever technology can assist umpires it should be used. Bad decisions become a thing of the past and the real ‘clangers’, which occur too often for comfort, are eliminated.

In opposition are those who proclaim that the use of technology produces long and often unnecessary delays, that human error is a part of life and sport, that technology is also imperfect and therefore we should carry on as we did before. Amongst this group one will find some players and umpires.

To me it seems that the guiding light should be that factor which is least likely to be used by the ICC, common sense. Firstly, decisions by the TMO should be taken quickly. At the moment there is a prescribed schedule of steps – check no ball; check hot spot; check snicko; check hawkeye etc etc. The TMO should know what he really … Read More