‘Snicko’ to be included for Ashes

2013-11-20 00:00

BRISBANE — Host broadcaster Channel 9 and developers of the real-time Snickometer have reached an agreement to include the technology among the Decision Review System (DRS) tools available for umpires during the Ashes series.

Snickometer, previously used on TV broadcasts but not available to umpires reviewing disputed calls during Tests, will join Hot Spot, Eagle-Eye ball tracking and stump microphones as part of the DRS technology package, the International Cricket Council confirmed yesterday.

Snickometer uses both sight and sound to determine whether a batsman has edged the ball but isn’t on the ICC’s approved list of DRS technologies. However, the governing body in September began a process of evaluating it for inclusion in future series.

ICC general manager Geoff Allardice said Snickometer should “improve the DRS by getting more decisions correct involving faint edges, help the umpires make those decisions faster, and help spectators and viewers better understand those decisions”.

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