Umpires to use stump microphones in World Cup

Published: Tuesday, February 6, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Umpires will be wired to stump microphones in the World Cup to help them make decisions, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said today.

The issue was discussed in detail at last month's meeting of the chief executives of the ICC member boards, Saleem Altaf, the Director of Cricket Operations for the PCB told Reuters.

''It has been decided to use a new technology for this purpose and a British company would be providing the software,'' Altaf said.

''Umpires during the World Cup will be able to use the stump microphones to pick up snicks and inside edges to help them improve their decision making,'' he added.

The World Cup will run from Mar 13 to Apr 28 in West Indies.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) experimented with the idea in 2004 in the Champions Trophy and countries have also tested it in their domestic cricket.

''In the past inferior equipment has been used and it didn't really help the umpires. This time the umpires will be able to use state-of-the-art-technology,'' Altaf said.


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