Bat sensor to be used in club cricket

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MS Dhoni appeals for a wicket. (Photo Source: BCCI)

A new technology has been discovered by Paul Hawkins, the man who discovered the ball tracking system of hawk eye. The technology involves using bat sensors that would empower the umpires to spot the finest of edges and come up with correct decisions.

The bat sensor will be roughly of the size of a coin and have an accompanying smart phone app to detect the faintest of nicks. The umpires will have the smartphones attached to their jackets  in order to film each ball to provide replays and show where the ball pitched and its trajectory in lbw decisions.


The tiny sensor will cost roughly about costs £25. The sensors will be first experimented in the local club matches in England. If the experiment goes well, the sensors might be used at the higher levels. Working on the similar lines like the Snicko technology, the sensor works on detecting vibrations in the bat, and when linked with the smartphone, works in tandem with a replay of the dismissal.

Talking to The Times UK, Hawkins described how he got this idea to use sensors. It was after he saw a batsman edge the ball but still stand on his crease, unwilling to walk away. “Batsmen have always not walked, but what really got me was that after the inevitable bout of sledging from the fielders, the batsman said, ‘I know I nicked it and you know I did, but so what, it wasn’t given’,” Hawkins told The Times UK.

“More and more batsmen try and get away with it. We got him out soon afterwards, but it ruined my day,” he added.

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