Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV 'Eye' Will See the End of Umpires' Respect

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

TV 'Eye' Will See the End of Umpires' Respect

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Byline: MICK DENNIS

CRICKET coverage on TV is not rocket science is it? Well, yes it is, apparently.

Both Channel Four and Sky are using technology this season which was originally used for tracking missiles and rockets.

Channel Four call their system "Hawk-Eye" and Sky's is called "Sky Scope".

They both follow the precise trajectory of a cricket ball when it leaves a bowler's hand so that, in controversial leg-before decisions, they can show whether the ball would have hit the stumps. That is great for viewers but not so great for umpires.

The umpires don't have access to the new technology. They still have to make their lbw decisions instantly and to base them on guesswork.

When they get them wrong, as they will, inevitably, their mistakes will be shown to millions.

Batsmen and bowlers who are the victims of their errors will harbour a sense of injustice and cricket will move closer to the culture of football. In football, players and fans all assume that all referees are incompetent. …

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