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Caught in spider cam web, players struggle to focus

cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2011 01:16 IST
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The spider cam that hovers over the field during every match to provide better pictures to television viewers of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is proving to be a hindrance for players looking to concentrate on the game.

The camera that projects over the field of play hangs too low till the bowlers start their run up and then moves up slowly.

This distracts the fielders and at times even the batsmen. On Wednesday, Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar got distracted by the camera a couple of times and signalled for it to be moved away.

Pune Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh was also critical. "It was a distraction for Sachin for sure. When it is in front of you, it is definitely distracting because you are trying to concentrate on the ball. But when it is behind, it is fine.

"I don't think it should come in the way when you are batting or fielding. The one who is operating it should make it sure it doesn't come in front of the player. The guys organising the camera should be careful."

Even MI's West Indian recruit Kieron Pollard, who took a splendid catch to dismiss Robin Uthappa, admitted the camera was proving to be an issue even while fielding.

"Yes, it is a bit of a distraction. Not just while batting, it's a distraction even while fielding. The camera is very closely placed and it comes in the peripheral vision of the fielders.

"It is important to take it away from the players at crucial times, especially when the situations are tight. It can be frustrating for players."