LED bails to light up at KPL 2014

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Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:51 [IST]
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Bangalore, Aug 20: Karnataka Premier League (KPL) has followed Big Bash Leauge (BBL) in Australia and ICC World Twenty20 by introducing LED bails, which will illuminate when dislodged during a match.


KPL 2014 will get under way in Mysore on August 28. Fans will have this exciting new feature to watch for, a first in state-level Twenty20 tournament.

LED bails to light up at KPL 2014

This technological innovation - the Zing Bails will aid in enhancing the in-match experience for fans while watching the games live and on broadcast, the organisers said.

Zing Bails, manufactured by South Australian firm Zing International, have a sensor in the bails that can determine the impact within 1/1000th of a second when the wicket is hit by the incoming ball. The bails then instantaneously flash bright red LED lights. The system is powered by low voltage batteries in each of the bails.

These bails were first used during Australia's BBL and were also adopted by the International Cricket Council during the World T20 2014, semi-finals and final of the Under-19 World Cup in the UAE this year.

The entire wicket system is now being used in several T20 competitions in New Zealand, Australia and the West Indies.

The use of this technology will help in close umpiring decisions in cases of stumping and run-outs. It has been seen in several matches, despite repeated replays in multiple angles, how the third-umpires are sometimes in a spot when having to make a decision when the bails come off. In this technology backed system, flashing lights will come to the umpire's assistance, as the bails illuminate the moment they are dislodged.

Brijesh Patel, secretary of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) said, "This is for the first time that Zing Bails technology has been used for a domestic/state league. Technological advances such as this will ensure that the Karbonn Karnataka Premier League 2014- a tribute to the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaaja Wadiyar is truly at par with International tournaments. This latest technology also provides an unique experience to the players and the audience".


Story first published:  Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:49 [IST]
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