Giants tents to make rain interruptions a thing of the past in cricket

Giants tents to make rain interruptions a thing of the past in cricket

We would look at any new technology and ways to get games on and more people playing cricket: ECB official

Ageas Bowl
General view of play at the Ageas Bowl. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

There have been innumerable instances in the history of cricket when play was abandoned due to rain or it took away a large chunk of action from the game. With the break in play, there also exists a shift of momentum in a game as well, which leads to the game drifting away from one end to the other.

The existing DLS method which prevails whenever there are interruptions due to rains, the team batting second holds the advantage over the team batting first due to the reduction of runs and overs with no wickets. A rain-hit also increases the financial burden on cricket association financially.

That said, the English cricketing minds are now looking at the use of “Giant Tents” overhead the ground which would ensure that there is no longer rain interruption in play. According to Daily Telegraph, a study is being carried out by placing mesh netting over grounds after due discussion with a US company by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Weather: Vital part in English Cricket

On the basis of the mechanism, a fine, transparent mesh would be held up by wires suspended from floodlights with a hot air balloon in the centre to lift it up and create a giant tents-like effect.

“We would look at any new technology and ways to get games on and more people playing cricket,” claimed an ECB spokesperson according to The Telegraph.”There is some interesting technology around trying to create protection from rain and keep the game on in wet weather,” commented the new MCC chief executive, Guy Lavender.

“It is an enormous issue for cricket. When you think about the impact of the weather on cricket in the UK we have a part to play, as a leading club in the game, in thinking about how those new technologies develop and are tested.” further added Lavender.