Controversial bowling techniques have been a hot topic in cricket for a while now, but all this will change with the implementation of a new technology to monitor player’s techniques.
The device, being developed by the Australian Institute of Sport for the International Cricket Council, uses technology also seen in Apple and smartphone products that allows the tilting of the screen so that it is viewable at different angles.
The project already has a $500,000 price tag attached to it follows some of the other technological advances in cricket in recent years. The ‘hot spot’ (video detecting where the ball hit the batsman) and the ‘snicko’ (determines whether the ball grazed the bat) are other examples of recent advances.
The name probably most attached to controversial bowling techniques is the recently retired Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan. Murali, the most celebrated Test bowler of all time (800 Test wickets), was often criticised when Australian umpires called him on three separate occasions for throwing.
In other cricket news, Fox Sports and Channel Nine in Australia have teamed with ESPN to claim the TV rights for every major cricket event up until 2015, including the upcoming ICC World Twenty20.
The Duo last week won the rights to the National Rugby League coverage with a bid of more than $1 billion.
Australia will open its one-day international series against Pakistan without spinner Xavier Doherty. Despite Pakistan expected to use a three man team of spinners, the Aussies left Doherty out of the side.
The move comes after Australia performed modestly against cricketing nobodies Afganistan. The boys collected a 66-run win in the one-day lead up on Sunday in the first match between the two countries.