Technology in various Sports (Blog Series ) — Cricket

The world of sport is continually changing over the years, and the use of technology is just one of those areas that has made an impact on many sports in the modern day. One criticism of the use of technology is that it can slow down the speed of the game, but on the other hand for many people it makes watching it more enjoyable to see the correct decisions being made.

This is the blog of series where we will see various technologies sports wise and today we will talk about the Technology used in Cricket sports . There are various technologies used in Cricket as shown below .

Cricket – technology in cricket has been driven by advances in the TV coverage. Things that were once extra information provided by the TV networks are now being incorporated into the decision referral system (DRS), such as hawk-eye and hot spot, and maybe even the old favorite snicko.

We will check every tech one by one

Cricket Snicko-Meter :

History
The Snickometer (known as ‘snicko’ for short) was invented by English Computer Scientist, Allan Plaskett, in the mid-1990s. Snickometer technology was first used in 1999 by Channel 4 in the UK, before being used in India and Australia.

Method
The snickometer is composed of a very sensitive microphone located in one of the stumps, connected to an oscilloscope that measures sound waves. When the ball nicks the bat, the oscilliscope trace will pick up the sounds. At the same time, a high speed camera records the ball passing the bat. The oscilliscope trace is then shown alongside slow motion video of the ball passing the bat, and by the shape of the sound wave you can determine whether of not the noise picked up by the microphone coincides with the ball passing the bat, and whether the sound seems to come from the bat hitting the ball or from some other object.

Uses
This technology is used in televised cricket matches to graphically show the video of the ball passing the bat at the same time the audio of any sounds at the time. It is only used to give the television audience more information and to show if the ball did or did not actually hit the bat. The umpires does not get the benefit of seeing ‘snicko’.

As the ball passes the bat, there can be other noises that can be confused with the ball on bat noises. The bat often hits the pads on the way through, making a sound at the same time the ball passes the bat. The sound/sound wave is purpotedly different for bat-pad and bat-ball, but this is not always clear. The shape of the recorded soundwave is the key – a short sharp sound is associated with bat on ball. The bat hitting the pads or the ground produces a flatter sound wave.

I have also attached small video link where you can see how Snicko-Meter works in reality .

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