Thatscricket - News - Speed cautious about using tennis tech
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Incoming International Cricket Council chief Malcolm Speed warned on Tuesday not to rush into using tennis technology to police cricket's no ball rule.The England and Wales Cricket Board wants to use a modified version of the Cyclops technology used for judging tennis line-calls to determine whether a bowler over-steps the line in cricket.The move follows controversial umpiring decisions in the second Test between England and Pakistan, which England lost. Television replays showed four England batsmen were given out to no balls in the second innings.But Australian Cricket Board chief executive Speed said the whole issue of technology needed serious consideration."It's one of the difficulties with the improved and increased levels of technology that everything that happens is reviewed there's a high level of scrutiny about it," Speed said."In a perfect world, we'd leave that to the umpires and they'd get it right."If there's a problem, we need to address that problem. But I really can't comment if that's the way to go forward or whether there's a better way."Speed said an ICC board meeting in London next week was likely to discuss technology in cricket and umpiring errors."Whatever mistakes in cricket, whether they be from umpires, administrators or players that's an area of concern," Speed said."We're always trying to find a cure for that to see if there's a better way of doing it."Cyclops technology helps tennis umpires by emitting a loud beep when a ball lands outside the service area.In cricket, it could be set up to beep when a bowler over-stepped the mark.