Soon, bowlers could wear sensors

Day 1 of ICC’s Cricket Committee meeting sees plan to introduce motion sensors for bowlers discussed

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is mulling introducing motion sensors which will be worn by bowlers during a match. This would be another step towards their crackdown on illegal bowling action.

This was also one of the topics discussed on the first day of the two-day ICC Cricket Committee meeting which took place in the city yesterday.

Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (left) was no-balled by  umpire Darrel Hair over his action. Rep pic

It is learnt that the ICC is funding a research project to develop “wearable sensors” which can be used in matches.
However, a source privy to the development said there were also a few hurdles which were highlighted to the committee headed by former India Test skipper Anil Kumble. “There were a few concerns like when the sensor should be worn and how quickly one can view the result off the field,” said a source. Some members have also felt the need to revise and update the illegal action procedures.

Meanwhile, there was a discussion regarding the balance between bat and ball during the meeting yesterday. There was an in-depth discussion on the size and weight of the modern bat. There was a complete study of modern day bats and willows from the earlier generations. The bat swing and weight were studied. It is learnt that although members accepted that bats have changed as far as thick edges and the depth of bat’s spine are concerned, it was also suggested that there was no need to put any restriction on the specification of the bat.

In fact, one of the suggestions were relaxing the field restriction (currently only four fielders are allowed inside the 30-yard circle) and make the boundaries bigger.

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