Melbourne, Dec 7: The stumps will literally light up tonight at the KFC T20 Big Bash League (BBL 2) with a world-first innovation of LED stumps and bails that ignite when dislodged, the organisers said in a media statement on Friday.
The innovation has been designed to enhance the in-match experience for fans at the games and during broadcast on Fox Sports, adding to the fun and excitement that is BBL.
The Zing Wicket System, created by South Australian manufacturer Zing International, has a sensor in the bails that can determine within 1/1000 of a second when the wicket is broken.
Once the wicket is broken the bails instantaneously flash bright red LED lights and then send a radio signal to the stumps which also ignite. They are powered by low voltage batteries in each of the bails and also in the stumps.
Big Bash League Senior Manager Anthony Everard said: "These light-up stumps are all about enhancing the spectator experience during BBL matches and ensuring that the BBL remains highly entertaining for the fans.
"This is exciting to have a world-first product being used in the KFC T20 BBL. The stumps do not have any effect on the playing conditions nor will they be used in any part for umpire decisions" he added.
David Ligertwood, co-developer of the Zing wicket system is thrilled to finally see the wickets in action.
"As a kid, nothing was more exciting to me than watching and playing cricket. Upon reflection we thought we'd combine the fun of technology with our love of sport and create something that would not only be spectacular for fans at the match, but also those watching in broadcast," he said.
The technology and testing for the light-up stumps has been in development for almost three years and in a world-first, they will be used at BBL matches across the summer starting on December 7.
KFC T20 BBL 2 matches this weekend
Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars, Etihad Stadium, 7 December, 1.30 PM IST
Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder, SCG, Saturday 8 December, 1.30PM IST
Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Gabba, Sunday 9 December, 12.30PM IST
Perth Scorchers v Adelaide Strikers, The Furnace, Sunday 9 December, 3.30PM IST