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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014
Glittering stump vision: A leading light in more ways than one
Nilankur Das, Hindustan Times
Mirpur, March 20, 2014
First Published: 00:24 IST(20/3/2014)
Last Updated: 00:26 IST(20/3/2014)

Ever wondered how the graphic equaliser lights in your music system dance to the tune or a small green or blue light comes on the moment the capital lock or the number lock is pressed on your keyboard?

The technology works with light emitting diodes, popularly known as LEDs, which pick up the signal fed to it.

In the case of the music system, the variables are bass, treble etc. and a series of lights switch on and off according to the volume, making it wavy, as if the lights are dancing.

After the Dilscoop, switch hit and a host of other unthinkable shots, the LED-fitted bails and stumps are T20’s latest contribution to cricket. The Zing Wicket System has been adopted by the International Cricket Council to help third umpires determine exactly when the bails were dislodged in case of run outs.

They will however still have to determine whether the wicketkeeper had broken the stumps before or after gathering the ball. But at least part of the problem can be resolved.

Being precise

The bails and stumps will now glow red upon impact and so it will be easier to determine exactly when the bails are in the air after the ball hits the stumps.

And we are talking 1/1000th of a second here which is the time the lights, powered by very low voltage batteries, will take to glow. The Zing Wicket System was introduced by Cricket Australia in the Big Bash League in December 2012 mainly to enhance the viewer and spectator experience and the use to third umpires was not considered.  Later, the ICC’s technical committee thought of using it and the World T20 is its first showcase.

“It serves both purposes. It makes viewing better and can also help make better decisions. I think it’s here to stay,” said ICC media and communications manager, Sami Ul Hasan.


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